Supreme Court acquits former border police commander who had been convicted of shooting neighbor

In a shocking turn of events, the Supreme Court on Thursday acquitted former border police commander Nir Somech of shooting and killing his neighbor Ben Tal despite an earlier lower court manslaughter conviction and 14-year prison sentence.

A three justice panel of Isaac Amit, Noam Sohlberg and Anat Baron reversed the Beersheba District Court’s 2013 conviction and prison sentence with a rare second-guessing of the lower court’s factual findings of the circumstances of the shooting.

Somech had always claimed self-defense, that Tal was coming at him with a dangerous object, that he was harassing his wife and that he felt he and even his children were potentially in danger.


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