Palestinian Police Free Woman Held 9 Years In Room

Published January 23, 2012 9:54AM (EST)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian police say they have freed a young woman whose father kept her locked in the bathroom of their West Bank house for around a decade.

Spokesman Adnan Damiri says the 20-year-old woman was in a "deplorable" condition when she was found on Saturday. Damiri said Monday it remains unclear why she was locked up.

The 49-year-old father, an Arab citizen of Israel, was detained and handed over to Israeli police.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the father is suspected of physically abusing the young woman. He is being held in an Israeli jail pending a court hearing on Wednesday.

Rosenfeld says the woman's mother, who did not live with the family, has also been detained for questioning.

By Salon Staff

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