Detention - Amjad H. (17)

02:30 Oct 2 2013 Beita, Nablus, West Bank

Amjad H., 17, was arrested on charges of homemade gun possession and throwing stones.

Around 2:30 a.m., Amjad was still awake due to a critically ill family member when Israeli soldiers stormed the house. Amjad recalls, “My father asked them not to shout or make noise because there was someone hurting upstairs.”

Amjad was detained by soldiers and heard objects being smashed as soldiers searched the house. Soldiers bound Amjad and demanded where he had hidden his alleged gun, threatening to bulldoze his house.

Amjad was forced to walk 1 km ( 0.6 mi.), then onto an unsecured seat in a military jeep, from which he fell several times during transport to Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center (IDC).

After being strip searched, Amjad was transferred to Petah Tikva IDC, and made to wear black out glasses on the way to interrogation. He was tied to a low metal chair briefly then taken to cell five.

He was interrogated for several hours each day—without the presence of a lawyer, family member or any explanation of his rights—while being held in solitary confinement (21 days total). After 12 days without confessing,

Amjad was transferred to a prison near Haifa and admitted to purchasing a homemade shotgun to an adult informant. He was confronted with the informant’s statement in Petah Tikva IDC and confessed.

Amjad appeared before a judge three times at Petah Tikva and on 22 October, was transferred to Megiddo Prison.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Amjad H.
Age: 17
Incident Date: Oct 02 2013
Type of Violation (Detention): Night arrest,Ill-treatment,Solitary Confinement,Coerced confession,Unlawful transfer
Solitary Confinement Location (Detention): Petah Tikva
Unlawful Transfer Location (Detention): Megiddo,Petah Tikva

Credibility: UP DOWN 0

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