Detention - Sari E. (16)

17:00 Sep 10 2013 Qalqilya, West Bank

Sari E., 16, was arrested on charges of throwing stones.

Around 5 p.m., Sari was beginning his shift as a garbage worker when another employee (also wearing an orange uniform) allegedly threw stones at passing Israeli military jeeps. Soldiers physically assaulted Sari for about ten minutes—hitting him with rifles—then binding and blindfolding him.

Next, Sari describes: “[T]hey untied me and removed the blindfold. They brought a stone and forced me to hold it and throw it at one of the jeeps. I did so and they took pictures of me while doing it.” He was again bound, blindfolded, then forced onto the metal floor of a jeep and kicked by soldiers. Sari was detained inside the jeep until about 9:00 p.m., then taken to a police station.

During interrogation he was accused—without the presence of a lawyer, family member or any explanation of his rights—of throwing stones and told soldiers had already signed statements against him. When Sari denied charges, the interrogator slapped and verbally assaulted him. Sari signed a statement in Hebrew without knowing its contents then, was transferred to Huwara Interrogation and Detention Center where he refused a strip search.

Sari recalls: “[F]our soldiers came to the room Each one was holding a broomstick and they all started beating me with the sticks.” Sari was strip searched, detained and transported Megiddo Prison.

He first appeared before a judge on 12 September in Salem Military Court.
Additional Data
Type of Case: Detained
Name: Sari E.
Age: 16
Incident Date: Sep 10 2013
Type of Violation (Detention): Ill-treatment,Torture,Coerced confession,Unlawful transfer
Unlawful Transfer Location (Detention): Megiddo

Credibility: UP DOWN 0

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