Detention - Amir Z. (16)

02:30 Jun 26 2013 Qalqilya, West Bank

Amir Z., 16, was arrested at night on charges of membership in Islamic Jihad and gun possession.

Around 2:30 a.m., Israeli soldiers dragged Amir from his family’s apartment without stating charges. He was tightly bound, blindfolded and forced onto the metal floor of a military jeep where soldiers hit his head with a can—causing a severe headache that persisted for two days—and kicked him.

At Qedumim military camp, Amir was detained on the ground near Mohammad H. (Ref. 16N13052). In the morning, both youths were transferred to Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center (IDC). There, they were detained outside for four hours in hot conditions without food, water or bathroom access. They were kicked, hit on the head, forced to walk to a trailer with lowered heads, and detained inside for two hours.

Amir was detained in a room overnight with Mohammad. He describes: “During detention, an officer entered the room and started kicking and slapping us hard. He also punched me twice, hard, on my shoulder.”

On 27 June, Amir first appeared before a judge in Salem military and was transported to Megiddo Prison later than evening.

He was interrogated for two hours at Salem IDC—without the presence of a lawyer, family member or any explanation of his rights—while handcuffed and shackled. The interrogator accused him of possessing a home-made rifle, membership in Islamic Jihad and plotting manufacture explosives. Despite being confronted with two friends’ confessions, Amir denied all charges.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Amir Z.
Age: 16
Incident Date: Jun 26 2013

Credibility: UP DOWN 0

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