Judge orders complaint transferred to “Mivtan”

Monday, January 7, 2019, 13:12 On Sunday, January 6, Rishon LeTzion Magistrates Court Judge Guy Avnon ordered the Israeli Police to transfer a complaint by one of the minors who is being interrogated by the GSS and prevented from meeting with his attorney, to the “Mivtan”, the department of the Justice Ministry authorized to investigate complaints by GSS interrogatees. Judge Avnon also gave an order for a probation officer to visit the minor. In court the minor had voiced to Judge Avnon serious complaints of brutality and humiliation carried out by GSS agents during interrogations. Judge Avnon felt obligated to share what he had heard with the parents of the minor and with Attorney Keidar. They demanded that the complaint be transferred to the Mivtan, and Judge Avnon accepted the demand. Honenu Attorney Adi Keidar: “The court directly spoke to the minor behind closed doors. The minor told the judge about the methods being used on him and then the judge turned to me and to the minor’s parents and updated us. “We were shocked to hear that he had complained about interrogators shouting, cursing, humiliating him and talking to him such that they spit in his face. This is in addition to reports of his being hand-cuffed during most of the hours of the day with his hands behind him such that he could not reach his nose, his hair or anything else that itched. And his having very few – and very short – breaks for prayer and meals and horrifying conditions in his detention cell. All this is in the complaint that the judge directed to the Mivtan and we hope and expect the Mivtan to take care of the matter.”

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