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Israel arrests rider who was beaten up at journalist’s funeral

Israeli police have arrested one of the Palestinian pallbearers who were beaten up by officers at the funeral of slain journalist Shirin Abu Akleh, a lawyer for the detained man said on Wednesday.

A police spokesman confirmed Amro Abu Khadair’s arrest, but said it was not linked to Friday’s funeral.

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He declined to give the reason for the youth’s arrest.

Images of Israeli officials beating up pallbearers to spark widespread international condemnation and anger over the killing of the reporter during an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank on May 11, who at one point nearly toppled the coffin of Abu Aqleh .

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Abu Khadair’s lawyer, Khaldoon Nizam, said his client was arrested on Monday, but the charges were not disclosed and were based on information from Israel’s Domestic Security Service. He said that Abu Khadair later told him that he had been questioned about the funeral.

A police spokesman said any connection to the funeral would be a “cheap conspiracy”.

The police and lawyer said that the custody of Abu Khadair has been extended till Sunday.

A second pallbearer, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters he was questioned by police, although he had not been arrested.

Israel’s Interior Minister Omar Barlev said on Saturday that he and the police commissioner had appointed a panel to conduct a “comprehensive investigation into what happened during the funeral to learn lessons from the incident”.

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Israel is investigating the death of Abu Akleh separately. The Palestinians are also investigating his murder.

The Palestinians accused the Israeli army of killing him.

Israel has denied targeting him, saying he may have been accidentally shot by a soldier or a Palestinian gunman as they exchanged fire in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Read more: White House condemns killing of Shirin Abu Akleh, calls it a ‘violation of media freedom’

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