Israel's Justice Ministry has contradicted the police's account of the killing of a Palestinian, stating that officers shot the man after he had emerged from his vehicle, reported Haaretz.
The ministry's department responsible for investigating police misconduct announced yesterday that the police officer who shot Fares Abu Nab, from Ras Al-Amud in occupied East Jerusalem, did not in fact shoot the suspect during a car chase, as previously claimed by police.
A gag order has been placed on releasing the name of the police officer involved.
According to police, officers were chasing suspected car thieves when one of the drives "endangered the lives of policemen and other users of the road", without specifying how.
"He was shot in order to neutralise the threat he posed," the original police statement added.
According to Haaretz, yesterday three other Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem were arrested "on suspicion of belonging to the gang of alleged car thieves that included Abu Nab".
The three men arrived in court "with signs of violence on their bodies", and their lawyers "said they had been beaten by policemen".
The paper noted that "six people have died so far this year in incidents that involved the use of force by the police", but that "none of the policemen involved has yet been indicted".
Furthermore, "only in two of the six cases did the Justice Ministry department that investigates police misconduct question the policemen as suspects."
One of these cases was closed, while the other, "the shooting of Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Teka by an off-duty policeman in Kiryat Haim in June", is awaiting a decision by the State Prosecutor.