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Israel seeks life plus 60 years prison in Jerusalem Gay pride stabbing trial

Israeli prosecutors on Thursday requested a life sentence plus 60 years in prison in the case of an ultra-Orthodox man who went on a stabbing rampage at the Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade last July.

Attorney Oshrat Shoham, a Jerusalem district prosecutor, spoke during a hearing ahead of the sentencing of 39-year-old Yishai Schlissel, who is charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder after he went on a stabbing spree that led to the death of 16-year-old Shira Banki.

“The accused’s actions were dark. They were aimed at darkening the world of people marching joyously through in the city, and as an attempt to strike fear from a place of hatred, intolerance and zealotry, and take the lives of innocent people. We ask the court to ensure that the accused never goes free and make clear to all the zealots that the justice system will respond forcefully to extreme acts of hatred,” the Israeli daily Ha’aretz quotes Shoham saying as he addressed the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday.

The prosecution has also demanded that Schlissel pay restitution to the family of Shira Banki and to the six wounded.

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