Court rejects petition by family of Palestinian killed in police custody

The Haifa District Court on Monday rejected a petition by the family of a Palestinian man shot and killed five years ago while in Border Police custody. The Border Police detained Bassama Ali Asamoudi, 34, from the Yamun village for security checks. During his interrogation, a fight broke out and a border policeman shot and killed the detainee. The family demanded compensation, claiming the killing was unlawful since Asamoudi was not a threat to anyone. Nevertheless, the court accepted the Border Police's claim that Asamoudi pulled out a large knife to stab one of his interrogators. The family was also ordered to pay 15,000 shekels in case expenses.