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Coptic cleric says he will sue Israeli police

Last Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:28

Jerusalem: An Egyptian Coptic cleric who was mistreated during Orthodox Easter services is threatening to sue.

Video supplied to a news agency shows Israeli police shoving Arsanious el-Orshalimi and putting him in a headlock. The incident took place during Orthodox Christian Holy Saturday in Jerusalem`s Old City earlier this month. The event drew thousands of people to the area, and hundreds of Israeli police were on guard.

A dozen church leaders in the Holy Land later signed a letter expressing concern over the incident.

El-Orshalimi says he will not remain silent and will "take this issue to court because of all the pain that I suffered."

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld today said the officers involved are being questioned. He said police will work to prevent such incidents in the future.


First Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:28

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