District court guars assault Odeh family and severely beat them
June 24, 2013

The District court guards attacked on Monday afternoon the family of prisoner Mohammad Mousa Odeh and severely beat them while they were in court, which led to the injury of Mohammad’s brother, Ibrahim, and Saeed Sarhan with wounds and bruises and they were transported for treatment. This was all after the court had sentenced Mohammad Odeh for 27months in prison; note that he was arrested on the 27th of January, 2013. Sheikh Mousa Odeh, Mohammad’s father, said his youngest son, Muslim, went to talk to his brother after the court had issued its order and we were surprised when the guards started attacking and severely beating us. He added: “Around fifteen guards attacked my son Ibrahim 22, with their legs and hands and using the gas bottles on his head and face resulting in a cut in his face causing him to bleed; they also knocked him on the ground and handcuffed him and took to Salah Eddin Street police station. The guards also attacked Saeed Sarhan 25, injuring him with wounds and bruises and then took him to the police station; the guards pushed the family members outside the court room.” He continued: “When the police at the station seen Ibrahim and Saeed, they warned them not to file a claim against the guards that assaulted them, and then released them. I took them to a clinic in Silwan, and the doctor treated Saeed but had to transfer Ibrahim to Hadassah Ein Kerem for treatment.” He noted: “few hours after Ibrahim was in the emergency room and the doctors were performing medical checks and x-rays on his head and face, the doctor said that he was injured with bruises and wounds in his head and face and that he had to rest for a few days at home.” Two other detainees were presented to court with Mohammad Odeh and they are: Mohammad Bader 26 and his arrest has been extended until the 17th of November, and Mohammad Khalaf Odeh 35, where he will be detained until the 11th of July, 2013. The District court had also extended the arrest of Khaled Shweiki 33 and Mohammad Amin Abbasi 33 until the 12th of September, 2013; note that they were arrested almost 4 months ago. The court also extended the arrest of the minor Khalil Amin Mohammad Abu Sand 16 until the 8th of July, 2013; he was arrested 7 months ago and is currently being prisoned in “Hasharon” prison.

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