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Palestinian accused of killing soldier 'tortured in jail'

Oct. 28, 2013 1:25 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 29, 2013 1:01 A.M.)
Correction appended

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man accused of killing an Israeli soldier was severely tortured by Israeli forces following his arrest, a human rights group said Sunday.

Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights lawyer Mohammad al-Abed met with Nidal Amar, 42, who is suspected of kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Tomer Hazan.

Amar told the lawyer that he was tortured in ways "only seen in movies," but refused to go into detail.

Amar said that his brother Abdel Salam came up with the idea of kidnapping an Israeli soldier to demand the release of their third brother Noureddin, who is serving a 29-year sentence in Israeli jails.

He added that he was promised a reward of 5 million shekels from a group he refused to name.

Amar said that he and Abdel Salam invited Hazan, who he worked with in a restaurant in Petah Tikva to their house in Beit Amin village near Qalqiliya, according to the lawyer.

They then allegedly lured him to a mountain where Amar asked his brother for the money he was promised. When Abdel Salam said that the money was unavailable, Amar allegedly tied Hazan's hands, unbuckled his belt and strangled him to death with it.

Amar added that he acted it in a state of hysteria because he feared that he would get arrested and spend a long time in jail for kidnapping a soldier, according to the group.

This version corrects that Mohammad al-Abed is a lawyer for the Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights, not the Addameer prisoners support group.
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