The Justice Ministry’s unit for investigating police on Sunday night arrested
four Border Police officers accused of being involved in abusing and severely
assaulting two fellow patrolmen who had just finished their basic training, the
ministry announced on Monday.
Three of the officers were put on house
arrest Monday after they confessed to the charges, and a fourth officer, Yarden
Sarur, appeared before a judge at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday
afternoon, where prosecutors sought a remand extension arguing that he tried to
obstruct the ministry’s investigation.
The court did not agree with the
prosecution’s argument, and Sarur was also released to house arrest.
ministry said that beginning last December, the two complainants were sent to
join the Border Police detachment in the Maccabim area, and that when they
arrived, the officers already stationed there began a “series of abusive acts
which were part of a hazing process.”
These acts included punching and
kicking them while they were handcuffed, and spraying them in the face with
The incident reached the ministry on Sunday night, after
one of the officer’s parents heard what happened and contacted police, who
turned the issue over to the investigative unit.
The ministry said that
they believe the incident could very well be part of a wider phenomenon of
hazing in the Border Police ranks.
Attorney Liran Zilberman, who
represents Sarur, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that his client has denied
all of the charges against him, which are “nonsense, and have been taken way out