Graffiti in freed Palestinian rape suspect’s village calls for death penalty

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Graffiti in freed Palestinian rape suspect’s village calls for death penalty

Daubing of threatening messages discovered in the village of Deir Qaddis, located near Ramallah

Deir Qaddis
Deir Qaddis (יעקב/Wikipedia)

Graffiti calling for the death penalty for a freed rape suspect was painted in his West Bank village.

The threatening messages were discovered Wednesday morning in the village of Deir Qaddis, located near Ramallah. Several cars in the village also were damaged, according to reports.

“The death penalty is necessary for Mahmoud Katusa,” the graffiti read.

The indictment against Katusa, charging that he raped a 7-year-old girl that attended the West Bank settlement school where he worked as a janitor, was withdrawn by the Israel Defense Forces military advocate general a week after it was filed last month due to a lack of evidence. He had been held in jail for two months prior to the indictment.

Since Katusa’s release, police have not questioned or arrested anyone else as a suspect, Haaretz reported.

Following the announcement of the indictment, right-wing leaders, including Avigdor Liberman, head of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, called for the death penalty “for the heinous terrorist.”

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