Israel charges two soldiers with beating bound Palestinian

JERUSALEM Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:19pm EDT

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military has charged two soldiers with beating up a blindfolded and bound Palestinian detainee, the army said on Sunday.

According to the charges, brought before a military court last Monday, the soldiers were guarding a Palestinian man who was being held at a military base in May 2012 after illicitly entering Israel from the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

A statement from the military said the Palestinian had been placed "bound and blindfolded" in an isolated room, where two soldiers had beaten him while another filmed the incident.

The third soldier has since concluded his military service, but is expected to be indicted following a hearing, the army said, along with a fourth former soldier who stood guard outside the room.

The military said the soldiers had not yet entered a plea. A lawyer representing one of the soldiers could not be reached for comment, but he was quoted on the Israeli Haaretz website as saying his client denied the allegations.

(Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Comments (3)
PaulBradley wrote:
“”. . . had been placed “bound and blindfolded” in an isolated room,. . . . . . . .”"

How inhuman treatment of a person for just ” . . ‘illicitly entering’ Israel from the Palestinian Gaza Strip” and, in isolated state, beating him for no reason whatsoever. It should be treated by the Israeli court as HATE CRIME and punished by a lengthy imprisonment as a message to any other future would-be perpetrator of the same.

Sep 29, 2013 5:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
deavman wrote:
@Paul Bradley. May you know something anyone else doesn’t know. Where does it say that the detainee was an infiltrator or anything of the sort. May be he was someone trying to abduct soldiers like in many oither attempts before or he was trying to se up an IED charge on the border. You assume things that are not said in article as if you are trying to paint the event in a worse light than it already is . Soldiers in a position of power will commit sometimes acts they would not in normal situations. Regardless of the reasons why this individual entered Israeli territory, the law has to protect him from harm and that is what is taking place.There is no hate crime here, just 2 soldiers abusing their power.

Sep 29, 2013 7:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oldfool wrote:
@ deavman
Just another day at the office then

Sep 30, 2013 6:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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