Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon asked the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee on Wednesday to approve a new military order increasing videotaping of Military Police interrogations.
The new policy would apply to suspects accused of crimes carrying a prison sentence of 10 years or more, but would not apply to security suspects, such as West Bank terrorists, or army deserters.
Ya’alon’s argument was that this law already applies to civilians, granting them certain protections from improper pressure during questioning, and that it was unacceptable that soldiers do not have the same protections.
Though former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yuval Diskin has come out in favor of videotaping all interrogations, including security suspects, the state and the IDF have still firmly resisted this on national security grounds.
Lt.-Col. Gil Mamon, the head of an IDF intelligence and detective division, said the army planned to invest around NIS 1 million to acquire the needed equipment.
Military Police legal adviser Yoav Dagani said many of the interrogations are already taped, but it is at the discretion of a senior investigator.
The military defender’s office said if the video order had been in effect last year, it would have applied to around 450 cases.