Supreme Court rejects appeal of bus driver’s sentence for killing 24

Bringing to a close one of the worst traffic accidents in Israeli history in which 24 Russian travel agents were killed when a tour bus drove off a cliff on the way to Eilat, the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the appeals over driver Edward Gelfand’s eight year prison sentence.

The decision comes only days after a similarly disastrous accident on Route 1 between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – though the recent accident had fewer casualties.

The Beersheba District Court sentenced Gelfand to the eight years in February 2014, but Gelfand appealed the sentence as to harsh and the state appealed it as too lenient.


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