The police will no longer have to film or take voice recordings of interrogations of people suspected of committing a security offense, if a bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday becomes law.
The current law requires interrogations of suspects of a crime with a punishment of 10 years or more to be documented, but, since 2002, a temporary measure made an exception for those suspected of terrorism. The proposal by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan would make the temporary provision, which was renewed every three years since it first passed, permanent.
The Public Security Ministry proposal states that “documentation can cause real harm to the interrogation and the ability to investigate security offense, and thus really harm the ability to stop the threat of terrorism, solve crimes and reveal who committed them.”
According to the ministry, suspects of security offenses are often prepared for the interrogation by a terrorist organization, which explains to them how to overcome the investigators’ efforts. The more information that is available about interrogations, the more the quality of the terrorist organizations’ intelligence improves.
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