Detention - Laith O. (17)

15:00 Jan 10 2014 Qalqilya, Qalqilya, West Bank

Laith O., 17, was arrested on charges of throwing a bottle.

At 3:00 p.m., Laith was drinking tea at a friend’s house near the Wall when two soldiers appeared and arrested both boys.

“He said 'You'd better sign it because it's for your own good.' But I told him I would not sign it. He started shouting at me and saying 'I'll make you do it and interrogate you once you again.’”

The soldiers tied Laith’s hands and blindfolded him, and made him sit on the ground for 2 hours while they insulted him. At sunset, the boys were driven to a military camp. During the journey soldiers pulled Laith’s hair, slapped and kicked him.

Laith was detained at the camp until 3:00 a.m., and then driven to Ari’el Police Station. There, he was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer or parent and without having his rights explained to him.

Laith was accused of throwing an empty glass bottle at soldiers, which he denied. The interrogator ordered him to sign a statement in Hebrew, which Laith refused to do since he did not understand Hebrew. The interrogator refused to translate it for him and shouted at Laith until he signed it.

Laith was subsequently transferred between Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center and Megiddo prison, and was beaten during transfers. He appeared in court for the first time on 14 January, where he discovered that the statement in Hebrew that he had been made to sign had been a confession.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Laith O.
Age: 17
Incident Date: Jan 10 2014
Type of Violation (Detention): Ill-treatment,Coerced confession,Unlawful transfer
Unlawful Transfer Location (Detention): Megiddo

Credibility: UP DOWN 0

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