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Pride parade killer to undergo further psychiatric evaluation

Yishai Schlissel’s refusal to comply with mental health examiners means his fitness for trial needs to be rechecked

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Accused Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade attacker Yishai Schlissel is escorted by police after his hearing at the Jerusalem District Court on August 11, 2015. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Accused Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade attacker Yishai Schlissel is escorted by police after his hearing at the Jerusalem District Court on August 11, 2015. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday ordered further psychiatric evaluation for Yishai Schlissel, the ultra-Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade last month, killing a teenage girl and wounding five others.

Schlissel’s remand was extended an additional 10 days in order for state mental health workers to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

Schlissel’s initial psychological evaluation, submitted to the court by the Israel Prison Service two weeks ago, determined he was fit to stand trial. However, state psychiatrists argued that Schlissel’s noncompliance with mental health workers rendered the results of the initial observation inconclusive.

The court approved the request of state psychiatrists, and ruled that Schlissel be hospitalized for a 48-hour observation period for his re-evaluation.

Schlissel has repeatedly refused legal counsel, saying he does not recognize the legal standing of the court since it does not abide by Jewish law.

“You have no authority to judge me according to the laws of the Torah, so I’m not interested in representation,” Schlissel told the judge during Tuesday’s hearing.

A representative from the Jerusalem District Police who attended the hearing agreed with the extended remand, saying that Schlissel remained a threat to the public. The officer updated the judge on the ongoing police investigation, and said the police were tracking Schlissel’s recent communications to determine if anyone else knew of his intention to carry out acts of violence against the gay pride marchers.

Jerusalem police are under fire for failing to keep Schlissel away from the annual march. He had made a series of public statements indicating that he was planning an attack on the gay pride rally. He also distributed a handwritten, anti-gay manifesto in which he called the march “shameful” and “blasphemous.”

Schlissel had been released from prison three weeks before the attack after serving 10 years for perpetrating a near-identical crime at the gay pride parade in 2005, when he stabbed three people.

Shira Banki, the 16-year-old high school student stabbed by Schlissel during the parade, succumbed to her wounds last week.

Schlissel, from Modiin Illit in the West Bank, faces one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

An undated picture of 16-year-old Shira Banki. (Courtesy)
Shira Banki. (Courtesy)
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