Israel army court sentences US-Palestinian teen
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Israel army court sentences US-Palestinian teen

Judge orders fine, 14 days in prison for young stone thrower

A Palestinian throws stones during a protest in the West Bank village of Se'eer, near Hebron, on February 25, 2013. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90
A Palestinian throws stones during a protest in the West Bank village of Se'eer, near Hebron, on February 25, 2013. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90

JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawyer for a Palestinian-American teenager said an Israeli military court has sentenced the boy to two weeks in prison for throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles.

Mahmoud Hassan of the Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer said Wednesday the court also ordered 14-year-old Mohammad Khalek to pay an $830 fine. Hassan says that taking into account the time Khalek already spent in prison, he will likely be released on Sunday.

The case of New Orleans-born Khalek has drawn attention to Israel’s system of military detention for Palestinian minors, which has been frequently criticized. In March, the UN said the system gravely violates minors’ rights.

Khalek was arrested on April 5 in a night-time military raid on his home by soldiers wielding assault rifles.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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