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Detention - Wahj B. (13)

16:00 Mar 29 2014 Salah ad-Deen St., East Jerusalem

Description
Wahj B., 13, was detained on the accusation of participation in a demonstration.

Around 4:00 p.m., Wahj observed a crowd of young men and women gathering near his home on Salah ad-Deen St. to mark Land Day. Around 30 Israeli soldiers armed with rifles were facing them. Wahj and other onlookers watched the crowd for about 10 minutes before Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and began to chase protesters and other people on the street.

Wahj ran but tripped and fell. He states: “[F]ive soldiers attacked me and started kicking me all over my body; including my chest, legs and arms. I was screaming in pain, but they did not stop kicking me.”

Wahj’s arms were tightly handcuffed behind his back. Then two soldiers carried him—one dragging him by the handcuffs, while another gripped him at the neck—for about three minutes, to Ariel Police Station. There, he was detained in a kneeling position on the floor for one hour.

During interrogation, Wahj was accused of participating in the Land Day demonstration. After the interrogator confirmed that he resided on Salah ad-Deen St., he asked Wahj to sign a statement in Hebrew which allegedly contained a pledge to not participate in demonstrations. Wahj signed the document.

In all, interrogation lasted approximately twenty minutes. No lawyer or family member was present and his rights were not explained to him.

Wahj was released at the gate to his father and uncle, who were waiting for him.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Wahj B.
Age: 13
Incident Date: Mar 29 2014
Type of Violation (Detention): Ill-treatment

Credibility: UP DOWN 0

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