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Friends of settler teen killed in 2020 West Bank car chase charged for rock attack

Demonstrators holds placards showing Ahuvia Sandak as they protest against his death in a car crash during a police chase, outside the national police headquarters in Jerusalem, on December 26, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Demonstrators holds placards showing Ahuvia Sandak as they protest against his death in a car crash during a police chase, outside the national police headquarters in Jerusalem, on December 26, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

State prosecutors file charges against four settler youths who were involved in a car chase nearly two years ago that led to the death of a fifth teen.

The indictment submitted to the Jerusalem District Court include aggravated terror charges for throwing rocks at Palestinian cars, which it attributes to racist motives.

Ahuvia Sandak, 16, was killed in the crash while fleeing from police in December 2020, shortly after the alleged attack on Palestinian drivers.

The case has drawn the ire of right-wing activists who have accused police of responsibility for his death, claiming they caused the car crash during the chase. An internal affairs investigation into police was later closed after finding the officers were justified in chasing the car carrying Sandak.

“This indictment will turn into an indictment of the police, [internal affairs] and prosecutors who covered-up the death of a youth,” say lawyers for the four, in response to the filing of charges.

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