Monday, 17 November 2014

Palestinian driver found hanged in Israeli bus - brother says he was tortured to death


A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged to death at a terminal northwest of Jerusalem late Sunday.

Yusuf Hasan al-Ramouni, 32, from al-Tur in East Jerusalem was a driver with Israeli company Egged. He was found hanged inside his bus at the Har Hotzvim terminal near Jerusalem.

Witnesses told Ma'an that other drivers saw al-Ramouni's bus parked in the bus terminal during his working hours. A driver checked inside the bus and found al-Ramouni's body hanging from a steel bar in the middle of the bus.

His colleagues cut the body down and he was taken to Hadassah hospital. Medics at the bus station tried to resuscitate him but he was later pronounced dead.

"According to an initial investigation, it appears there is no suspicion of criminal activity, in other words a suicide," Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement, which said there were "no signs of violence on the body."

But fellow bus driver Muatasem Fakeh said he had seen evidence to the contrary.

"We saw signs of violence on his body," he told AFP.

"He was hanged over the steps at the back of the bus in a place where it would be impossible to hang yourself alone," he added.

The victim's brother, Osama al-Ramouni said the family did not accept the verdict of suicide, saying his body "had bruises on it," suggesting he had been "tortured" before his death. more

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