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Abbas: Suspect questioned in Mer-Khamis murder

April 19, 2011 12:26 P.M. (Updated: April 19, 2011 1:46 P.M.)
AMMAN, Jordan (Ma'an) -- Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of Israeli-Palestinian theater director Juliano Mer-Khamis in Jenin two weeks ago, President Mahmoud Abbas told Al-Arabiya satellite channel Monday night.

Abbas gave no details as to the identity of the suspect, who he said was being interrogated. The president did not elaborate on the nature of the questioning, but said police continued to work to find those responsible for the death.

A former militant was taken in for questioning shortly after the fatal shooting of Mer-Khamis in Jenin refugee camp on April 4, but he was released due to lack of evidence.

Mer-Khamis' Jewish-Israeli mother founded a theater in Jenin during the First Intifada, and he continued the legacy of the project with the Freedom Theater. His father was a Palestinian from Nazareth,

The actor and director was gunned down after allegedly being told to stay away from the refugee camp the week earlier. The incident was condemned by Palestinian officials and the local community.

The theater had come under attack in the past. Several fire-bombing attempts had caused some damage to the building.
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