[Ppnews] Israeli prisons use beatings and sleep deprivation to coerce confessions
Political Prisoner News
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Thu Mar 1 12:09:28 EST 2007
Israeli prisons use beatings and sleep deprivation to coerce confessions
(Bethlehem) Najib Farag
Thursday, 01 March 2007
Four young men from the Bethlehem District reported similar abuse to
Palestinian Prisoner Society lawyers this week. Nabil Omar and Hamza
Mahasiri from Bethlehem City, Nidal Afaneh from Beit Jala and Omar
Khader Aljowi of Aida Refugee Camp spent four weeks in the Israeli
detention center Al Mascobia, or the Russian Compound.
Lawyer Mamoun Hashim interviewed the young men separately and all
reported that they had been repeatedly beaten and threatened during
the period of interrogation in order to extract confessions.
These are common charges against the Israeli administration, reports
the PPS based on hundreds of case studies.
Although in most court systems confessions obtained under duress or
through coercion would not be admissible, Israeli military court and
the prison system do not adhere to international norms when dealing
with Palestinians. Neither the accused nor their lawyers are allowed
to view evidence used against them and hundreds are held without
charge or trial, sometimes for years.
The Bethlehem detainees all reported being beaten with sticks and
punched with fists, in addition to undergoing sleep deprivation and
denial of toilet access for lengthy periods.
Attorney Hashim said Thursday that Palestinians in the Russian
Compound regularly report abuse and torture during the interrogation
period and do often say whatever it takes to stop the pain.
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