Detainee from Amari camp near Ramallah says he was tortured during interrogation

RAMALLAH, A Palestinian from Amari refugee camp near Ramallah who was detained by the Israeli army on June 6 said he was tortured during interrogation at the Russian Compound prison in West Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Thursday.

It said the army first detained Islam Abu Hmeid, 32, during a raid at Amari camp on May 28, two days after an Israeli soldier from an elite unit was killed when a big tile was dropped on his head from a roof during an army operation at the camp, then released him.

The army re-arrested Abu Hmeid on June 6 during another raid on the camp and accused him of throwing the rock that killed the soldier.

PPS attorney Mamoun Hasheem said Abu Hmeid informed him that he was tortured during interrogation at the Russian Compound.

Abu Hmeid said in an affidavit that eight interrogators questioned him constantly for six consecutive days when he was deprived of full sleep and while he was handcuffed and his feet shackled.

The interrogator also used the shaking method against him as well as used curse words and threats against him.

Hasheem said a military court remanded Abu Hmeid in custody for eight more days for further interrogation.

Four of Abu Hmeid’s siblings are serving multiple life terms in Israeli prisons for resisting the occupation, a fifth is being held in administrative detention and a sixth brother was killed by the army years ago.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency