Court Keeps Dog-Bitten Protester in Prison

An Israeli army dog attacks a Palestinian protester during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on March 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

Wafa News Agency | March 20, 2012

JENIN, March 20, 2012 (WAFA) – An Israeli military court in Salem, near Jenin, Tuesday extended the remand of a dog-bitten protester and another activist from the village of Kufr Qaddoum, near Qalqilya, by six days, said reports.

Ahmad Shtawi, who was attacked by an Israeli army dog during the weekly Friday anti-settlements protests in Kufr Qaddoum, appeared in court to get his arrest extended in spite of his wounds, said the reports.

Morad Shtawi, who was also arrested for trying to help Ahmad, also had his detention extended by24 hours.

The defense attorney for Ahmad demanded his immediate release on claim of excessive violence used against him when the dog attacked him.

However, the military judge rejected the motion saying “this court, especially during a remand hearing, is not the body fit to inspect such claims.”

In regards to Morad Shtawi, the judge said that there was no evidence connecting him to acts of stone-throwing, and therefore the evidence incriminating him of assault are not strong.

“Despite a police report alleging that Morad assaulted soldiers, the video I have watched shows he tries to protect his nephew [Ahmad]”, the judge said.

Nevertheless, the judge ordered him to stay in prison under Wednesday.

M.S.

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Unarmed protesters in Palestine attacked with Bullets, Rounds & … Dogs – March 16, 2012 – Photography  http://wp.me/p16sn9-laA

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