Detention - Mesleh M. (16)

02:30 Apr 23 2014 Osarin, Nablus, West Bank

Mesleh M., 16, was arrested on charges of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

Around 2:30 a.m., Israeli soldiers raided Mesleh’s family home, asking for Mesleh. When his parents said Mesleh was not there, the soldiers delivered a summons ordering he appear at Huwara District Coordination Office (DCO) at 11:00 a.m. that morning.

Mesleh’s father’s accompanied him but was not permitted to enter the DCO. Mesleh was strip searched and arrested without knowing charges. While walking to Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center (IDC) with Ihab A. (Ref. 16N14049), Mesleh and and Ihab were physically and verbally assaulted by soldiers. One soldier knocked Mesleh down and stepped all over him.

In Huwara IDC, Mesleh was detained alone in a room for six hours, then with Ihab until midnight. Around 2:30, they arrived at Megiddo Prison where Mesleh was strip searched and detained until his court appearance on the morning of 24 April in Salem Military Court.

Directly following court, Mesleh was interrogated in Salem IDC while shackled. His rights were not read to him and no family member or lawyer was present.

Mesleh was accused of throwing stones and preparing Molotov cocktails. When he denied accusations, Mesleh recounts: “[The interrogator] punched me hard on the chest, grabbed me by my clothes with his both hands and shook me several times. I had a scarf wrapped around my neck. He grabbed it and started choking me, and I was screaming in pain.” Mesleh signed a denial statement.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Mesleh M.
Age: 16
Incident Date: Apr 23 2014
Type of Violation (Detention): Ill-treatment,Torture,Unlawful transfer
Unlawful Transfer Location (Detention): Megiddo

Credibility: UP DOWN 0

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