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10 Israeli police officers held in alleged abuse of Palestinian

  • Palestinian man filed a complaint against officers; internal investigation launched
  • Israeli paper: Man says he was sodomized with gun barrel and was urinated upon
  • Israeli media: Incident occurred when officers arrested man for motorcycle theft
  • Four of the police officers remanded to court for further investigation

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Ten Israeli police officers were detained for questioning Sunday about the alleged abuse of a Palestinian man, an Israeli Justice Ministry spokeswoman said.

Four of the police officers were remanded to court for further investigation, she said.

The Palestinian man filed a complaint against the officers, and an internal affairs investigation was launched, the spokeswoman said.

She gave no further details, but Israeli media said the incident occurred when the officers arrested the man for motorcycle theft in late December.

According to the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, the victim testified an officer sodomized him with a gun barrel. He said one officer urinated on him while others placed bananas and cream on his head. He also said the officers also hurled cigarette butts and ashes at him and the officers all punched and kicked him, Haaretz reported.

The officers are from the Tel Aviv area, Haaretz said.

Shira Medding contributed to this report.