Security Guard Indicted in Kosel Killing

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Yerushalayim District Court on Thursday indicted the security guard who shot a visitor to the Kosel two weeks ago on a charge of murder, according to media reports.

According to the indictment, Hadi Kabalan premeditatedly shot unarmed Doron Ben-Shalush to death at the Kosel plaza on June 21 and not, as initially reported, because he suspected him of being a terrorist.

Kabalan and another guard, Khaled, checked Ben-Shalush at the security checkpoint when he arrived at the Kosel, as he did on a daily basis.

After the check, Ben-Shalush yelled at the two Druse guards, using an anti-Druse racial slur, the indictment stated.

The angry guards talked about how to “get back” at the man. Kabalan subsequently opened fire on Ben-Shalush 14 times from a distance of a few feet, stopping only when the magazine of his gun was empty.

Last week, the court lifted a gag order on the identity of the shooter, who was revealed to be Kabalan, a 25-year-old Border Police officer from the Druse village of Beit Jann in the Upper Galil.

At Kabalan’s previous hearing, his lawyer indignantly denied suggestions that his client — a security guard of many years with a good record — was a flight risk and that the reason he had not recognized Ben-Shalush, a frequent visitor to the site, was because Kabalan had never been posted there before.