Palestine

Rights group: Israeli courts violating international law

Al Mezan Center For Human Rights slammed on Sunday the Israeli Supreme Court for upholding a request from the Israeli prosecution to increase the prison sentence of Al Mezan’s client—Palestinian prisoner, Jihad Khalid Abu Hadaid, 28—from six years of imprisonment to eight.

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemned the increase in prison term in a case built on the torture of the defendant, and called on the international community to intervene.

On 25 July 2014, during Israel’s bombardment on the Gaza Strip codenamed “Operation Protective Edge”, the Israeli forces launched a ground invasion into the area of Al Fukhari, Khan Younis, and arrested Abu Hadaid, among others, a statement by Al Mezan Center read.

In his affidavit to Al Mezan, Abu Hadaid described the use of torture and other cruel and degrading treatment during his arrest and interrogation by Israeli security forces and authorities.

Abu Hadaid stated that he was beaten; forced to sit in direct sunlight for several hours; during interrogation his hands were cuffed from behind while he was seated in a “stress position” on a small chair; he was verbally abused; and he was kept in solidarity confinement for several days.

In one verbal threat, Abu Hadaid was told by Israeli authorities that his house would be attacked; his home was later attacked by the Israeli air force. Abu Hadaid was prevented from meeting with a lawyer for 21 days after arrest.

Al Mezan asserted that the level of coercion used against Abu Hadaid resulted in a forced confession, which must not be used as evidence in court.

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