Detention - Mahmoud H. (16)

03:00 Dec 25 2013 Ya'bad, Jenin, West Bank

Mahmoud H., 16, was arrested at night on charges of throwing stones, Molotov cocktails and membership in an illegal organization.

Around 3:00 a.m., seven Israeli soldiers dragged Mahmoud from his house, binding his hands and pulling a cap over his eyes without citing charges. He was transported to Mevo Dotan military camp where he was bound, blindfolded and detained alone for six hours, then with an adult for an additional six hours.

Subsequently, Mahmoud was transported to Megiddo Prison, strip searched and placed in the juvenile section.

On 26 December, he first appeared before a judge in Salem Military Court.

Following court, a soldier took him on foot to Salem Interrogation and Detention Center where he was handcuffed and shackled to a chair while interrogated without the presence of a lawyer, family member or any explanation of his rights.

The interrogator confronted Mahmoud with other youths’ confession and accused him of throwing stones, Molotov cocktails and belonging to an illegal group. When Mahmoud denied all charges, the interrogator shouted at him, pounding the table and calling him a liar. Mahmoud recalls: “‘If you don't confess, I'll send you to Al Jalame Interrogation Center where intelligence interrogators will handle you and put you in cells for a long time. Interrogation here is like a picnic compared to Al Jalame, so you better confess,’ he said to me.” After four hours of interrogation, Mahmoud did not confess.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Mahmoud H.
Age: 16
Incident Date: Dec 25 2013
Type of Violation (Detention): Night arrest,Ill-treatment,Unlawful transfer
Solitary Confinement Location (Detention): Al-Jalame/Kishon
Unlawful Transfer Location (Detention): Megiddo

Credibility: UP DOWN 0

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