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Ex-mayor of Druze town hit with 20-year sentence for murder caught on video

Salman Amar also ordered to pay the legal maximum of NIS 258,000 to the family of man he shot to death in 2016 amid clan feud

Salman Amar, the former mayor of Julis, is seen at the Haifa District Court on July 28, 2020. (Meir Vaknin/Flash90)
Salman Amar, the former mayor of Julis, is seen at the Haifa District Court on July 28, 2020. (Meir Vaknin/Flash90)

The former mayor of the northern Druze town of Julis was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday following his conviction on murder charges.

The Haifa District Court also ordered Salman Amar to pay NIS 258,000 ($79,000) to the victim’s family, the maximum allowed under the law.

Shortly before the sentence was handed down, Amar insisted he shouldn’t have been convicted.

“I never had an intention to hurt anyone,” he told the Kan public broadcaster.

Amar was convicted in July for the 2016 killing of gardening contractor Monir Nibwani, with whom he had been involved in an ongoing clan feud before the shooting in a parking lot near the Julis town hall.

In the video of the incident, Amar is seen parking his car in the lot adjacent to the council building while another car blocks him in.

Nibwani then emerges from the second car, pulling a long wooden club or baseball bat from the trunk. Nibwani seems to threaten Amar as he is getting out of his car.

As Amar is shown scrambling back inside the car, the video shows Nibwani start to smash the windows and car with the bat.

Another man approaches to break up the fight. As he does so, Amar gets out of the car and fires at Nibwani several times, hitting him in the chest and stomach.

As Nibwani is hunched over, the video appears to show Amar fire at least two more shots to his head at point-blank range before Nibwani drops to the ground.

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