Border Cops Suspected of Beating Arab in Jerusalem Cemetery

Pair suspected of striking man in East Jerusalem cemetery with truncheons and guns, as well as kicking him.

Police arrested two Border Policemen on Tuesday evening on suspicion of beating an Arab East Jerusalem resident in a cemetery close to the capital's Old City.

The suspects were named as Yossi Dahan and Maor Melianker. According to police, the pair stopped the man for questioning earlier on Tuesday, close to the Old City's Lions Gate. At a nearby cemetery, one of the Border Policemen allegedly grabbed the East Jerusalemite and beat him; a few moments later the other officer joined in.

Melianker and Dahan are suspected of having struck the man with truncheons and their guns, as well as punching and kicking him.

The victim went for treatment to the Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, where police investigators subsequently arrived to question him about the incident. He was brought on Wednesday to a legal medical institution for his claims about the alleged beating to be verified.

Attorneys representing the Border Policemen argued that the pair were not at the scene at the time of the incident and were in no way connected to it.