The Haifa Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday convicted police officer Amir Rabah of assault and obstruction of justice for his part in a horrifying saga of physical and sexual abuse suffered by a teenage boy who moved to Israel with his parents from the United States.
Rabah was one of three police officers accused of beating “S” in his squad car after he was picked up for urinating in public one night in November 2009. Rabah beat “S” repeatedly before taking him to the Carmiel police station, where he and two other officers were suspected of beating him repeatedly while his parents heard his cries from outside the interrogation room.
The other two police officers, Ataf Barkat and Rimon Hinawi, were found not guilty of assault and conspiracy, with judges saying that it was ultimately their word against that of “S.“ Rabah was found guilty largely because a fellow police officer witnessed the beating and came forward to testify.
Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, S’s father Lior, who moved here with his wife and S in 2006 from Miami, said that the conviction brings them some solace “because at least one of those bastards is going to be penalized, but at the same time two of them got away and are going to do it to someone else and get away with it.”
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