Israeli investigators assault minor in bid to elicit confession

[ 19/06/2011 – 11:44 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Israeli investigators in Etzion interrogation center severely assaulted a 16-year-old Palestinian boy from Hussam near Bethlehem in order to elicit a confession, the Palestinian Prisoner Society has reported.

The boy, Osama Mahmoud Shousha, was beaten for forty minutes and then transferred to an investigation room where he was charged with throwing stones, PPS’s lawyer said.

In an attempt to elicit a confession, the investigator threw Shousha on the ground while he was bound and blindfolded and placed his foot on his neck and then turned him upside down. He was also beaten on the head several times causing him to lose consciousness on separate occasions.

The PPS said the Etzion interrogation and detention center has turned into a “slaughterhouse”, according to the torture endured by detainees during interrogations there. It said that the Israeli prison authority has recently escalated the abuse of prisoners, including humiliating searches and excessive punitive measures.

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