UNETHICAL PRACTICES cast a shadow, much like the one in this photo, over one’s professional life..
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The Shin Bet denied a claim that a 17-year old suspect held for questioning in Jewish terrorist activity attempted suicide after he was tortured.
The charge was issued on Sunday by the non-governmental group Honenu, which offers legal assistance to Jewish right-wing activists and extremists. This includes those accused of hate crimes and or terrorist activity, such as the July torching of the Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma, in which a toddler and his parents were killed.
“One of the minors detained and tortured by the Shin Bet attempted suicide by slitting his wrists as a result of the physical and emotional pressure,” Honenu told the media.
It based its information on a hearing before a local court in Petah Tikvah, which agreed on Sunday to extend the teen’s detention by four days.
The hearing was closed to the media. But the teenager’s family provided Honenu with details from the hearing, which included information about the suicide as well as instances of torture.
The Shin Bet said that its investigations were done according to the law and were supervised by the courts and the Attorney General’s Office. The claim that one of the detainees attempted suicide “is baseless,” the agency added.
But according to Honenu, the teenager in question has complained to the court that he has been tortured at each hearing that has been held since his arrest almost a month ago. He has told the court that he would rather die than continue to endure such physical pain, Honenu said.
His attorney Adi Keidar said it is clear from the teenagers wrists that he attempted suicide.
According to the teenagers family, among other things, he has been tortured throughout the night, so that he was prevented from sleeping and held upside down to the point where he felt like his hands were burning.
The teenager has explained that the Shin Bet is looking for information that he does not possess and therefore he can not give them the answers that would make them stop torturing him, according to Honenu.