Is­rael po­lice de­tain U.S. law pro­fes­sor in West Bank

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

JERUSALEM — An Amer­i­can law pro­fes­sor was de­tained by Is­raeli po­lice for al­legedly try­ing to block Is­raeli troops in a West Bank vil­lage slated for de­mo­li­tion, his Is­raeli lawyer said Satur­day.

Frank Ro­mano, 66, is be­ing held at a lockup in Jerusalem and is to ap­pear be­fore an Is­raeli mil­i­tary court Mon­day, said at­tor­ney Gaby Lasky.

Ro­mano, who re­port­edly also has French cit­i­zen­ship, was de­tained Fri­day in the em­bat­tled vil­lage of Khan al-Ah­mar, along with two Pales­tinian ac­tivists. Ro­mano stood in front of heavy equip­ment be­ing used to clear bar­ri­ers that had been set up to slow de­mo­li­tion, wit­nesses said.

Ro­mano’s LinkedIn page says that he teaches law, lit­er­a­ture, his­tory and phi­los­o­phy at the Univer­site Paris Ouest Nan­terre La De­fense in France, and that he prac­tices law in the U.S. and France. In Egypt: Po­lice de­tained the sons of for­mer Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak on Satur­day along with three oth­ers in con­nec­tion with in­sider trad­ing charges for which the five are on trial, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said. The Mubarak sons — busi­ness­man Alaa and Mubarak’s one­time heir ap­par­ent Ga­mal — were taken to a prison south of Cairo.

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