Border policeman arrested in Ni'lin case

Policeman placed under house arrest in connection with killing of 11-year-old Palestinian boy.

nilin funeral 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
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A border policeman has been arrested in connection with the last week's killing of 11-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Moussa, who was reportedly shot in the head with live ammunition during a demonstration in Ni'lin against the West Bank security fence. "The policeman has been placed under house arrest for five days as the investigation continues," Judea and Samaria Policeman Danny Poleg told The Jerusalem Post. He added that the findings of the investigation would determine what would happen after the five-day period. The policeman had earlier been interrogated by Judea and Samaria police District detectives, who are leading the investigation on behalf of the Police Investigations Department. A Border Police inquiry launched last week after the shooting found that live ammunition had been used in the vicinity of the shooting. Live rounds can only be used by officers when they feel their lives to be in danger, a Border Police spokesman said. According to Israeli left-wing activist Jonathan Pollak, Moussa was among several boys who went to the site where the barrier was being built outside Ni'lin, east of Modi'in Illit. There were no security personnel there, and the mostly teenage boys began removing razor wire, said Pollak, a member of Anarchists Against the Wall. As they worked, a Border Police jeep drove up, and officers shot rubber bullets and one shot of live ammunition from a distance of about 10 meters, Pollak said. It was this shot that killed Moussa, he claimed. Pollak was in the area at the time but did not see the incident. He based his description on the eyewitness testimony of others. Meanwhile, police continue to look into the shooting of an 18-year-old Palestinian, which occurred just one day after Moussa was shot dead. Yousef Ahmed Younis Amera is brain dead in a Ramallah hospital. Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report