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American cousin of 'burnt alive' Palestinian teen on house arrest over stone-throwing probe

Published on Jul 6, 2014 6:51 PM
 
Tariq Abu Khder (centre), a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly beaten during police custody, arrives for a hearing at Jerusalem Magistrates Court on July 6, 2014. A Jerusalem court on Sunday, July 6, 2014, ordered Abu Khder to be released to house arrest for nine days pending an investigation into stone-throwing allegations. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - A Jerusalem court ordered on Sunday that a Palestinian-American teenager, who was allegedly beaten in police custody, be released to house arrest for nine days pending an investigation into stone-throwing allegations.

Tariq Abu Khder, 15, who holds US citizenship and lives in Florida, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khder, a 16-year-old Palestinian whose kidnap and murder by suspected Jewish extremists on Wednesday sparked four straight days of riots.

"He was given nine days house arrest in Beit Hanina for the duration of the investigation," police spokesman Luba Samri said, following a hearing at Jerusalem Magistrates Court, referring to a neighbourhood of annexed Arab east Jerusalem.

Tariq, 15, was arrested on Thursday in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat during clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli riot police that erupted early on Wednesday.

 
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