Justice Ministry closes Nabi Salih protest file

Investigations office writes to activists that there is not enough evidence to press criminal charges.

February 5, 2012 23:01
Nabi Saleh demonstration

Nabi Saleh demonstration 390. (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)

The Justice Ministry has closed its investigation into the actions of Border police officers during a demonstration a May 13th demonstration in the West Bank Palestinian village of Nabi Salih, in which activists were injured by tear gas projectiles.

A letter to this effect was sent Sunday to activists who had pressed charges against the police.

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The secretary of the division which investigates such complains wrote that following an initial inquiry, it was determined that there was not enough evidence to press criminal charges, and as a result, the matter had been closed.

A number of videos of the incident posted on YouTube, however, show extensive scenes in which the Border Police appear to be shooting tear gas at peaceful protesters and assaulting them.

In one instance an officer can be seen hitting a demonstrator with his baton as the man sat on the ground.

In other shots, offices used their baton against a number of activists who appeared to simply be standing and watching.

In one instance the officers swat at a man with a camera who had identified himself as a photographer.

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