Brooklyn, NY – Almost one year to the day after an Israeli court granted an appeal delaying the extradition of former Crown Heights resident Yitzchak Shuchat to the United States, According to Israeli news 1 the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that Shuchat must return to his former home within the next sixty days to face assault charges.
Shuchat, a former member of the Crown Heights Shmira crime patrol was indicted for second degree assault as a hate crime, following the alleged April 2008 beating of a black man, Andrew Charles who was suspected of attacking a fourteen year old Jewish girl, as previously reported on VIN News. Both Shuchat and Charles, the son of an NYPD officer had both stated publicly that the beating was not racially motivated.
Today’s decision by Judge Salim Joubran, the first Arab to receive a permanent spot on the Israel Supreme Court, overturns the previous appeal granted by Jerusalem District Court Judge Bentzion Greenberger.
In his ruling Judge Joubran stated that there is sufficient evidence against Shuchat, currently a resident of Lod, to justify the requirements for extradition.
“The defendant’s version of the incident and all that transpired will be heard by a court in New York, which will hear the case and make the necessary determinations,” said Joubran.
In a rare move, District Attorney Charles Hynes convened a grand jury to investigate the incident, back in 2008 and according to reports on 1010 WINS, compared the Shmira patrol to a street gang. If convicted, Shuchat could face up to fifteen years in prison.
Read Full Decision Here: http://elyon1.court.gov.il/files/11/260/090/h04/11090260.h04.pdf