Israel army court sentences US-Palestinian teen
by Associated Press Wire
April 17, 2013 10:30 AM | 410 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawyer for a Palestinian-American teenager says an Israeli military court has sentenced the boy to two weeks in prison for throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles.

Mahmoud Hassan of the Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer said Wednesday the court also ordered 14-year-old Mohammad Khalek to pay an $830 fine. Hassan says that taking into account the time Khalek already spent in prison, he will likely be released on Sunday.

The case of New Orleans-born Khalek has drawn attention to Israel's system of military detention for Palestinian minors, which has been frequently criticized. In March, the U.N. said the system gravely violates minors' rights.

Khalek was arrested on April 5 in a night-time military raid on his home by soldiers wielding assault rifles.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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