Israeli Cops Shoot Palestinian Man in East Jerusalem, but Blame His Cousin for His Death

At first police thought a vehicle had tried to run them over, but then retracted their claims. Now the victim's cousin is suspected of grave crimes including manslaughter.

Nir Hasson
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Mustafa Nimr and the car police opened fired at in Shuafat refugee camp, Jerusalem, September 5, 2016.
Mustafa Nimr and the car police opened fired at in Shuafat refugee camp, Jerusalem, September 5, 2016.Credit: Hazem Bader, AFP
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

In another twist in the plot of a Palestinian man who was shot and killed by police this week at a refugee camp in East Jerusalem, police now suspect the victim's cousin of being responsible for his death.

Ali Nimr, 25, was driving the vehicle police shot at on Monday morning near the Shoafat refugee camp in northeastern Jerusalem. Police said at the time the men drove quickly toward the officers, refused to stop and were shot. There were no police injuries.

A statement by the police did not provide details of the case against Nimr, but it appears that he is suspected of killing of his 27-year-old cousin, as his driving is seen as what caused policemen to open fire at the car.

Nimr was lightly wounded in the shooting and was taken for treatment at Hadassah hospital. He will be brought to another hearing to extend his remand of Thursday.

On Monday, police suspected that the two men from Shoafat were planning to carry out a car-ramming attack, but a day later retracted their claim and said that they were looking into other leads.

At the first hearing to extend Ali Nimr's remand, which took place while he was hospitalized, the police asked to extend his detention by a week. Police accused him of traffic violations, including driving without a license, driving while intoxicated and reckless endangerment with a vehicle.

On Wednesday morning, however, police said that he is being questioned regarding far more serious crimes including manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. This, alongside allegations of traffic violations.

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