Tel Aviv bus stabbing attack suspect to be sent for psych exam

The Palestinian man arrested for a stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus last month will be sent for a psychiatric examination to see if he is fit to stand trial, following a request made by his attorney in court on Monday.

Hamza Matruch, 21, was ordered kept in custody for a further nine days, during which he must be taken for a psych exam, presiding judge Benny Saguy said in the hearing at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

A lawyer representing Matruch told the Jerusalem Post that he is currently being jailed at the “Magen” medical facility run by the Israel Prison Service next to the Ramle Prison complex, where he is still receiving treatment for his wounds he added. The lawyer, Dan Bowman, was handling the case temporarily, he said, adding that a new attorney will be appointed by the next hearing.


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