Israel court censures police for overzealous interrogation of Palestinian teen

05.10.2011                      07.Tischrei. 5772

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Israel court censures police for overzealous interrogation of Palestinian teen

Case begins with rocks thrown at an Egged bus in 2009, leading to arrest of a boy, 13-years-old at the time, and living nearby, ending with his acquittal several weeks ago.

In an unusual step, a juvenile court judge in Jerusalem has taken the police to task for its handling of the interrogation of an East Jerusalem teenager charged with throwing stones. A gag order on publication of the details of the boy's case, which ended in his acquittal several weeks ago, has only now been lifted.
The case arose out of a 2009 incident in which stones were thrown at an Egged bus not far from the boy's home. The stones smashed several windows on the bus and a passenger was treated for shock. The defendant, who was 13 at the time, was arrested a short time later at his home. Under questioning, he denied throwing the stones, although he admitted being in the vicinity at the time of the incident….