The ISF has since offered its side of the story, releasing security camera footage in which the lawyer is seen throwing a punch at an ISF officer.
In its statement, the ISF said that upon reaching the checkpoint, the lawyer objected to getting fined for violating the odd/even license plate rule.
It’s worth noting that based on the decision of the Higher Defence Council, lawyers are exempt from the driving restrictions in the lockdown, Khalaf’s team told The961.
However, this exception was excluded from the circular issued by the Interior Ministry, hence giving security forces a reason to stop the lawyer and write a fine.
According to the ISF, a verbal altercation began between the officer and the lawyer after which the latter “proceeded to hit the officer, forcing him to walk back several steps where he was almost hit by a passing vehicle.”
That escalated tensions and the lawyer refused to comply with further requests of the officer, after which the officer decided to impound the car.
Only after further resistance from the lawyer, did the security forces forcibly remove him from the car and arrest him as shown in the videos.
“This method of shackling adopted by the elements is legal and correct… and it is adopted in all countries when anyone tries to attack the security/police or refuse to comply with them,” noted the ISF.