TAMPA (FOX 13) -
A Tampa teen brutally beaten and jailed in Jerusalem has been released from police custody. Tariq Abu Khdeir, a sophomore at Universal Academy High in Tampa, will have to serve 9 days under house arrest.
The news of his release comes as a relief to his family, but his aunt tells FOX 13 they won't be satisfied until he is back on American soil. Family members want whoever is responsible for the 15-year-old's injuries to be punished.
Khdeir's face still appeared swollen and bruised as he left a Jerusalem court Sunday. He recounts the day he was attacked while protesting the abduction and killing of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir.
"I remember two people coming in and hitting me from behind, and then I went to sleep," Khdeir said.
Israeli police are reportedly behind the attack. Officers accuse Khdeir of throwing stones at them, but the teen denies it.
Suha Abu Khdeir, Tariq's mother, was in Jerusalem for her son's release. She doesn't view his sentence as justice.
"He hasn't been charged. There's no charge on him. Why are you putting him on house arrest?," she said. "It makes no sense. I'm American. I know the American law. This doesn't happen in America."
Meantime, video of the police attack has caught the attention of Nir Barkat, Jerusalem's mayor, who's calling for an investigation.
Khdeir and his family will return home as soon as his sentence is done, and they plan to stay vocal about what transpired abroad, according to his aunt. A news conference is planned for Monday in Tampa.
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