Court extends detention of injured youth from Silwan

Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 | 11:28|  Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan, Jerusalem

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC)

Silwan youth Muhammad Abu Sakran’s detention was extended yesterday by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, in order that he may be indicted tomorrow in the Central Court.

Abu Sakran was arrested by an undercover Israeli unit from Jabal al-Mukabber district, whilst in the yard of his family home. The arrest was violent, with officers treating him roughly despite the fact that Abu Sakran has multiple fractions in his shoulder bones.

Abu Sakran is accused by police of stone-throwing and participation in clashes that occured in the area Tuesday night. Although he denies these allegations, the presiding judge of the Magistrates Court favored evidence given by three police officers.

Abu Sakran’s brother Hussein Abu Sakran denounces the allegations as false, pointing to the shoulder injury suffered by his brother and the circumstances of his arrest. Hussein stated that his brother and another detainee were transferred from the neighborhood to hospital when they were the victims of a hit-and-run, that also hit undercover police officers. Although Abu Sakran was suffering severe injury and discomfort, the judge refused his release on the basis of Israeli officers’ testimonies.

His brother added that Abu Sakran was taken directly from hospital to Maskubiya prison. “We didn’t know where my brother was – then this morning I was summoned to Maskubiya for investigation.”

Police confirmed the hit-and-run, stating that two officers had been hit while inspecting a car on the street. As the car left the scene, it hit Abu Sakran and another youth.

Undercover Israeli forces also kidnapped two children from Assawiya. Walid Alayyan, 16, and Ahmad Hussein Alayyan, 16, were taken without warning from the neighborhood yesterday afternoon.

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