State Comptroller Joseph Shapira 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
State Comptroller Joseph Shapira’s report published on Wednesday found serious
deficiencies in the IDF’s oversight process for military courts.
report – which focuses on the defense establishment – also criticized the army’s
failure to systematically implement the punishments meted out to soldiers, such
as military prison sentences never served.
In composing the report,
Shapira visited and interviewed IDF officials in the Military Advocate General
(MAG), the Office for Professionalism and Guidance for Artillery and the Tel Nof
Air Force Base, as well as 40 officers undergoing training to preside over court
The report alleged that there is no categorization system for
the different kinds of court martial issues. Such a system would enable the
military to better analyze specific trends in the implementation of military
law, allowing it to highlight those areas in need of
Shapira’s report also said that many officers who preside
over court martials failed to record the reasons for their verdict, failed to
inform those being judged of their right to appeal and often were not familiar
with basic rules dealing with evidentiary proceedings.
It also found that
soldiers’ prison sentences were sometimes not carried out for lack of space or
due to administrative errors.
At the same time, the report complimented
the MAG on having made strides in recent years in raising the overall level of
professionalism and education of those IDF officers that preside over court
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