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Palestinian youth freed 'after CCTV shows police false testimony'

Nov. 8, 2012 10:56 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 9, 2012 11:49 A.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian youth from East Jerusalem was jailed for three weeks after Israeli border police claimed he attacked them, until CCTV footage showed police as the aggressors, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

Udai Biomi, 20, from Beit Hanina, was freed on Tuesday when his lawyer obtained footage undermining the border police testimony, Israeli daily Haaretz said.

Two officers testified Biomi had attacked them out of the blue, and he was held in custody pending trial.

The CCTV video showed the officers had attacked Biomi violently and sprayed him with pepper spray, before detaining him.

"Unfortunately this is but one example of many of how citizens are accused of attacking police officers, when the officers were actually the aggressors ... the courts often believe the officers - and the citizens remain under arrest," Biomi's lawyer told Haaretz.

Biomi is mulling a complaint against the officers and suing them for civil damages.
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