The Justice Ministry’s new unit for investigating complaints against Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) interrogators became fully operational as of January, the state told the High Court of Justice in a protocol that The Jerusalem Post has obtained.
The statement was made on Monday in the context of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel’s petition to the High Court to compel the state to open an investigation into complaints of alleged torture. It was the state’s first public statement about the status of the new unit, and has not been previously reported.
In 2007, the Justice Ministry investigated the Shin Bet’s self-investigations and found that the head of these was likely motivated to cover-up for his colleagues, and was not qualified or trained to properly conduct inquiries into the complaints.
The state had recommended moving probes of the Shin Bet into the Justice Ministry under the authority of the Police Investigation Department as early as 2010.