The parents of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was brutally tortured and burned to death by Israeli settlers in July of 2014, have filed a civil lawsuit for 5.6 million Israeli shekel ($1.6 million) in damages.
âThe goal is not to make money but to add to their punishment, so that, even when they are released, they will know they need to pay the family they hurt so much,â Israeli Haaretz newspaper quoted family lawyer Muhannad Jabara as saying.
In an interview with Quds Press, Hussein Abu Khdeir, Mohammedâs father said, âThis is not compensation because we do not want to trade in our sonâs case. We know that we will not get money and our cause is not finished with Mohammedâs death, but we will continue our legal fighting even if we reach international court.â
Abu Khdeir added that the decision to sue his sonâs killers for damages is because they are afraid that the killers sentence will be reduced by a government special pardon on âracist basisâ.
The Palestinian family expects the Israeli authorities to reject the lawsuit, according to the PNN.
On July, 2 2014, a group of Jewish settlers kidnapped Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, from the town of Shuâfat, north of Jerusalem and took him to west of Jerusalem. There they brutally tortured him before setting him on fire while he was still alive.
On May, 3 2016, the Central District Court of Jerusalem sentenced the main perpetrator, Yosef Haim Ben David to life imprisonment, with an additional 20 years.
The same court sentenced another defendant to life imprisonment and sentenced the third defendant to 21 yearsâ imprisonment.