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Police accuse MK Tibi of abusing immunity by helping suspect escape

28 5 16

A senior lawmaker from the Joint List party was accused of obstructing police and helping a suspect escape during an attempted arrest in Jerusalem.

Fuming police officials said MK Ahmed Tibi had abused his parliamentary immunity and should have been arrested himself when he got between cops and a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem they were trying to detain.

Police said they were attempting to detain a “young man” suspected of throwing an unspecified object in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina when Tibi intervened.

“During [the young man’s] detainment, a public representative showed up, obstructed the detainment, shoved, hectored and forcibly allowed the suspect to escape,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

Police said the suspect, who was not named, was later captured following a foot-chase.

The scuffle occurred outside a church where relatives of slain al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh were gathering Thursday ahead of her funeral, slated for Friday morning. Police were in the area to bring Abu Akleh’s brother Anton for questioning amid a probe into her death, which occurred while she was covering clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen during........

© The Times of Israel

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