Amro Abu Khudeir’s lawyer stated that the interrogation of the person known as “the coffin protector” was concerning the funeral.
Occupied East Jerusalem – One of many Palestinian pallbearers attacked by Israeli police whereas carrying the coffin of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at her funeral on Friday has been arrested by Israeli authorities.
A lawyer representing the 34-year-old Amro Abu Khudeir stated that the Jerusalemite had been arrested at his house within the Shuafat space within the early hours of Monday morning, and had been repeatedly interrogated about occasions surrounding the funeral.
The lawyer, Khaldoun Najm, added that Abu Khudeir had been held in solitary confinement since his arrest.
“He will get no gentle or sense of the time of day in his two-metre-by-one underground cell,” Najm stated.
Najm added that Abu Khudeir had attended a courtroom listening to on Monday and had had his detention prolonged till Sunday.
Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian-American journalist, was killed by Israeli forces throughout her protection of an Israeli raid on Jenin refugee camp within the northern occupied West Financial institution on Could 11.
Israeli police attacked pallbearers and mourners at Abu Akleh’s funeral because the occasion was broadcast reside on tv around the globe, with hundreds gathered to see her coffin transferred from St Joseph Hospital to her last resting place on Mount Zion, simply exterior the Previous Metropolis in Jerusalem.
Abu Khudeir stood out in tv footage of the funeral, which confirmed pallbearers struggling to cease Abu Akleh’s coffin from falling to the bottom as Israeli police attacked the mourners utilizing batons. The transfer drew worldwide condemnation and requires an investigation, together with from the United Nations.
Abu Khudeir was nicknamed “the coffin protector” after he was seen holding onto the coffin regardless of being crushed aggressively by the police.
Whereas a number of pallbearers had been crushed by Israeli police, Najm says Abu Khudeir was the one pallbearer to be arrested by Israeli authorities after the funeral.
“Israeli intelligence alleges that Amro labored with a terrorist organisation and that he has a secret file with the intelligence,” Najm informed Al Jazeera.
Nonetheless, Najm stated that appeared unlikely as a result of Abu Khudeir knowledgeable him that each one the questions throughout his interrogation had been associated to the funeral.
“Amro was requested why he insisted on carrying the coffin and ensuring it didn’t fall to the bottom,” stated Najm. “The principle focus of the questions was about him being a pallbearer at Abu Akleh’s funeral.”
Najm stated that Abu Khudeir, a father of two, was a widely known activist in Jerusalem and had been arrested by Israeli police up to now.
Israeli police haven’t responded to Al Jazeera’s request for touch upon Abu Khudeir’s arrest and imprisonment on the time of publication.
Israeli police forces additionally seized Palestinian flags from the mourners on the funeral, in addition to smashing the window of the hearse carrying Abu Akleh’s physique and eradicating a Palestinian flag from it.
Israel ordered an investigation into the conduct of its officers at Abu Akleh’s funeral, because the Palestinian Authority stated it welcomed worldwide assist in investigating her killing.