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Amos Baranes





Life Imprisonment

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Judicially Exonerated

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"Amos Baranes was wrongly convicted in January 1976 of the October 1974 murder of a 19-year-old female Israeli soldier he was acquainted with 32-year-old Amos Baranes's conviction was based on his confession, that he retracted as false and that he said he only gave after being deprived of sleep for four days and being repeatedly struck by police. Baranes was sentenced to life in prison. In June 1983, after serving 8-1/2 years his sentence was commuted to time served by then-Israeli president Chaim Herzog. Baranes continued to seek overturning his conviction. Based on new evidence Baranes' 4th retrial effort was granted. The State decided in September 2002 not to retry Baranes, and on December 11, 2002 the Nazareth District Court voted to acquit Baranes. Baranes' acquittal was the first of its kind in Israel. On August 5, 2010 Baranes was awarded compensation of NIS 5,029,000 (New Israel Shekels) (US$1,311,597) NIS 4,959,000 = US$1,311,597 at exchange rate on August 5, 2010 of 1 NIS = 0.26515 USD. Baranes’ compensation includes NIS 4 million for his loss of freedom and social ostracism, NIS 720,000 for damage to his ability to be employed, NIS 144,000 for emotional suffering, NIS 95,000 for legal expenses, and NIS 70,000 for his family."

Conviction Caused By:

False confession extracted by the police misconduct of depriving him of sleep for four days and being repeatedly struck by police.

Innocence Proved By:

"Based on new evidence Baranes was granted a retrial in 2002, that ended when the state retracted the murder charge against him."

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Compensation Awarded:

"NIS 4,959,000 (New Israel Shekels, Aug. 5, 2010) (US$1,333,439 at exchange rate of 0.26515 on 8-5-2010)"

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"Baranes awarded NIS 5m., 34 years after wrongful conviction, By Ben Hartman (staff), The Jerusalem Post, August 6, 2010"

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"Exonerated of murder, Baranes awarded NIS 5m, By Tomer Zarchin (staff), Haaretz, August 6, 2010"

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"Baranes acquitted 27 years after conviction for slaying woman soldier, By Dan Izenberg (staff), Jerusalem Post, December 12, 2002"

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Murder for Life (Israel 2005)

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