CAIRO: American-Palestinian Tarek Abo Khodeir, 15, was released from custody after an Israeli court in East Jerusalem decided to put him under house arrest for nine days on accusations by Israeli police that he “threw rocks at them,” Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Monday.
He was released after his family paid a $900 bail and another person outside his family paid a $2,700 bail.
Abo Khodeir was beaten up brutally by Israeli police. “I think they were policemen,” he said. “I was looking at a group of people; suddenly they came towards me and took me somewhere.”
The defendant is the cousin of Palestinian Mohamed Abo Khoeir, who was kidnapped and burned to death last week.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement expressing its deep concern about the current situation and demanded the release of Abo Khodeir.
Israeli police arrested six Israeli citizens that included a Rabbi, his two sons, and three other Israeli citizens to investigate the kidnapping and killing of Mohamed Abo Khodeir, Al Jazeera reported Saturday.
“We should not cover crimes, anyone involved in criminal acts will be revealed and there shall be no compromise,” Israeli President Shimon Perez said regarding the incident.
Thousands participated in the funeral of the late Mohamed Abo Khodeir at Shuafat neighborhood in East Jerusalem and Egyptian Ambassador in Palestine Wael Nasr al-Din also participated, according to MENA on Monday.
Nasr al-Din said Egypt sympathizes with Palestinians and condemned the crime, MENA added.
Rav Avraham Chaim Levin said on an Israeli website that according to Jewish religious law, those who killed Mohammed Abo Khodeir must be executed because the law states that a killer must be killed even if they are Jewish, Al-Watan reported Monday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to form an international committee to investigate the killing of Mohamed Abo Khodeir.