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Colonial Cases

Bustani, 1927

[damage to trees]

Bustani

District Court, Haifa
1927
Source: The Palestine Bulletin, 7 April 1927

 

BUSTANI CASE ON MAY 2.

Haifa. - The case of Mr. Wadieh el Bustani and others involved in the Caesarea incident will be heard at the District Court here on May 2.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 26 May 1927

BUSTANI CASE IN JUNE.

HAIFA. - The case of Wadie-el-Bustani and the other offenders who are charged with uprooting the P.J.C.A. plantations at Caesarea in February last, will be heard by the District Court here on June 7.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 12 June 1927

THE BUSTANI CASE.

HAIFA. - On Thursday the examination of Mr. Bustani continued.  Mr. Abramson, the District Commissioner, Mr. Tear, Deputy Director of Agriculture and Forests, and Mr. Hasanov, a P.J.C.A. agronomist appeared in the witness box.

   Mr. Bustani submitted to the court a series of official documents relating to the Caesarea concession, including copy of a letter which was sent by Mr. Amery, the Colonial Secretary.  Replying to the President of the Court, Mr. Bustani stated that he obtained the copy from the offices of the District Commissioner at Haifa.

   The P.J.C.A. counsel, Mr. Kaiserman, submitted on behalf of the Association a claim for damages amounting to L.E. 82.5 for the trees uprooted.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 16 June 1927

BUSTANI AND ACCOMPLICES SENTENCED.

   The Haifa District Court gave yesterday its judgment in the case of Wadie El Bustani and 9 Bedouins who were charged with uprooting 2,000 eucalyptus trees in the P.J.C.A. concession area at Caesarea on 20 February last.  Mr. Bustani, the instigator, has been sentenced to L.E. 100 fine.  The Court declares that Mr. Bustani deserves imprisonment but being aware that he seeks the role of a "martyr," it was considered more desirable to pass on him a money fine and so take from him for the benefit of the treasury part of the sum which he received from the rest of the accused as remuneration for his services to them.  8 Bedouins were fined L.E. 2 each and their Sheikh Dib Yrat to L.E. 5.

   Besides, all offenders collectively have been sentenced to pay L.E. 65 as damages to the P.J.C.A. as well as L.E. 1 lawyers' fine.  Right to appeal was not granted.  Immediately upon hearing the sentence, Mr. Bustani sent one of his relatives who was present in the Court to get the necessary sums.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 22 June 1927

BUSTANI TO SUBMIT AN APPEAL.

   "Al Jamea Al Arabia" states that Wadia El Bustani will submit an appeal against the sentence passed upon him and his accomplices by the District Court in Haifa.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 29 June 1927

MR. BUSTANI APPEALS.

   Mr. Wadie El Bustani has submitted an appeal against the sentence passed upon him and his accomplices by the Haifa District Court in the Caesarea case.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 12 July 1927

MR. BUSTANI'S APPEAL.

   Mr. Wadie Al Bustani has been permitted by the High Court to submit an appeal against the sentence passed on him and his accomplices by the Haifa District Court in the Caesarea case.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 15 November 1927

APPEAL IN THE BUSTANI CASE.

   The appeal of Mr. Wadie El Bustani and his accomplices against the sentence passed on them in the Caesarea plants uprooting case, is being heard in the Court of Appeal today.

 

The Palestine Bulletin, 30 December 1927

COURT OF APPEAL.

MODIFIED SENTENCE IN BUSTANI CASE.

   The Court of Appeal yesterday gave its judgment in the appeal of Mr. Wadie El Bustani against the sentence passed on him by the Haifa District Court in the Caesarea case several weeks ago.  The Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence reducing the fine imposed on him, however, from L.P. 100 to L.P. 25.  The Court of Appeal found that there was not sufficient evidence proving that Mr. Bustani acted as professional agitator in that case.

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