Border cop charged in Palestinian teen’s killing
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Border cop charged in Palestinian teen’s killing

Prosecution asks that officer, accused of shooting Nadeem Siam Nawara at Nakba Day, protest remain detained throughout trial

The Border Police officer, covered with shirt, accused of shooting to death a Palestinian teen on May 15 is brought to District Court in Jerusalem on November 23, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
The Border Police officer, covered with shirt, accused of shooting to death a Palestinian teen on May 15 is brought to District Court in Jerusalem on November 23, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A Border Police officer was indicted for manslaughter Sunday in the May 15 fatal shooting of a Palestinian teenager at a protest outside Ramallah.

The indictment was softer than expected, with many anticipating the policeman would be charged with murder.

The Jerusalem District Attorney’s office filed the indictment with the city’s magistrate’s court, and requested that the cop remain detained throughout the court proceedings.

No details have been released about the identity of the accused man.

The indictment maintained that the border policeman used his gun’s magazine to cover up that he was firing live ammunition rather than rubber bullets. It said the policeman fired the shot with the intention of seriously injuring the Palestinian teenager, while fully aware that the gunfire could be fatal.

The policeman was arrested on November 12 on suspicion of using live ammunition instead of rubber bullets during a violent protest in the West Bank town of Beitunia to mark Nakba Day.

The officer is also suspected of killing a second Palestinian teenager who died that day, according to an earlier report on Channel 2.

An autopsy performed by Palestinian and Israeli pathologists in June found that one of the teens, Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, was shot and killed by live fire, most likely by the IDF.

The IDF, which maintained that only nonlethal dispersal methods were used by troops against the demonstration, declined to comment on the findings at the time.

A video released following the incident appeared to show the two teens shot while walking in an area away from the demonstration. A senior Defense Ministry official had told The Times of Israel the video was likely doctored.

The incident was made the subject of an IDF investigation after the footage emerged apparently showing the teens being shot without provocation.

Palestinian demonstrators help an injured friend during clashes with Israeli security forces outside Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia, on Thursday, May 16, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Abbas Momani)
Palestinian demonstrators help an injured friend during clashes with Israeli security forces outside Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Beitunia, on Thursday, May 16, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Abbas Momani)

Israeli military officials said they had been investigating the incident since May 16, and had also opened a military police investigation. Preliminary findings indicated no live fire had been used by IDF troops who were present during the incident, they said.

The paramilitary border police are under the auspices of the Israeli police and are not a regular IDF unit.

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