Detention - Bara' A. (17)

02:30 May 8 2014 Beita, Nablus, West Banka

Bara’ A. , 17, was arrested on charges of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.

Around 2:30 a.m., Bara’ saw around five Israeli military jeeps arrive at his uncle’s house. Soon, soldiers entered Bara’s family yard and ordered everyone except Bara’ back inside. After confirming his identity, soldiers tightly bound his wrists in front with a single plastic cord, causing him pain.

Soldiers inside a military jeep forced Bara’ to lie on the metal floor, on his back. Bara’ describes: “One of them put his hands on my eyes so I would not see anything. The jeep started moving, but the soldiers did not tell me where they were taking me. Instead, they started hitting me and kicking me. One of them hit me several times on my head with his metal helmet.”

Bara’ was detained at Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center (IDC) until approximately 8:00 a.m., then transferred to Salem IDC. There, he was interrogated without the presence of a lawyer, family member, or an explanation of his rights. He was still in shackles but not handcuffed during the one hour interrogation session. At first, Bara’ denied charges. After hearing incriminating statements made by other youths, he agreed to confess. Bara’ read and signed a confession statement in Arabic.

On 11 May, Bara’ first appeared before a judge and his detention was extended.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Bara' A.
Age: 17
Incident Date: May 08 2014
Type of Violation (Detention): Night arrest,Ill-treatment,Coerced confession

Credibility: UP DOWN 1

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