Amro Abu Khudeir’s lawyer mentioned that the interrogation of the person referred to 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 mentioned 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 mild or sense of the time of day in his two-metre-by-one underground cell,” Najm mentioned.
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 Might 11.
Israeli police attacked pallbearers and mourners at Abu Akleh’s funeral because the occasion was broadcast dwell on tv around the globe, with hundreds gathered to see her coffin transferred from St Joseph Hospital to her remaining resting place on Mount Zion, simply exterior the Outdated Metropolis in Jerusalem.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 overwhelmed aggressively by the police.
Whereas a number of pallbearers have been overwhelmed 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 instructed Al Jazeera.
Nevertheless, Najm mentioned that appeared unlikely as a result of Abu Khudeir knowledgeable him that every 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,” mentioned Najm. “The principle focus of the questions was about him being a pallbearer at Abu Akleh’s funeral.”
Najm mentioned that Abu Khudeir, a father of two, was a well known activist in Jerusalem and had been arrested by Israeli police prior 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 mentioned it welcomed worldwide help in investigating her killing.