Mustafa Nimr, who was shot dead by policemen in the Shoafat refugee camp last month, was shot from around a meter away, according to a Tuesday report by Channel 10 News.
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According to the report, Nimr was hit by two bullets when he was sitting in a car driven by a relative, Ali Nimr, who was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.
Early on September 4, the two were in Ali’s car after drinking and smoking hashish. Ali was driving without a license. At the time, there was police activity in the area and a checkpoint had been set up on the road.
According to the indictment against Ali Nimr, as he approached the checkpoint, police flagged them down with a flashlight and signaled that the road was closed and that they should turn back, but instead Ali accelerated. Police fired sponge-tipped bullets at the car, but Ali sped up and rammed through the checkpoint. Ali was charged with causing Mustafa’s death by negligence, even though it was police gunfire that killed Mustafa and wounded Ali as well.
During a hearing in Ali Nimr’s case, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court wrote that an examination of Mustafa’s body showed he’d been shot in the head by two bullets “from what looks like a meter away.” Under questioning, Ali claimed that he had “heard something” but not necessarily the police warnings, which is why he didn’t stop. One of the Border Police officers who was present at the site testified that previous cars, whose drivers were not drunk or drugged, identified the checkpoint without difficulty.