Israeli guard cleared in Palestinian boy's death

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JERUSALEM — An Israeli court has cleared a border policeman in the death of a 10-year-old Palestinian boy in July 2008.

Judge Liora Frenkel says the Israeli officer, Omri Abu, violated rules of engagement by opening fire at protesters in the West Bank village of Naalin even though he was not in danger.

But she says the prosecution did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a bullet from Abu’s rifle struck Ahmed Moussa in the forehead, killing him.

Frenkel says Palestinian witnesses gave contradictory accounts and that district police conducted a flawed investigation.

Abu says he opened fire to deter protesters who threw a volley of rocks at the armored car he was in.

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