regarding a petition presented by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Judge Jubran criticized the decision of the State to close the file and said: “Why is there additional care when it comes to policemen? This harms the trust in the PIU and in the Police force.”
The HCJ ordered today (Tuesday) the indictment of a policeman who abused a Palestinian. The complainant was beaten severely and humiliated in a police station in the Jerusalem region nine years ago. The HCJ judges accepted PCATI’s claim that there is sufficient evidence to charge one of the policemen involved in the abuse. In doing so, the HCJ cancelled the decision of the Attorney General, rejecting the appeal against the closure of the file.
In the hearing held yesterday, Judge Jubran criticized the State’s decision to close the file and said: “Why is there additional care when it comes to policemen? This harms the trust in the PIU and in the Police force.” PCATI welcomes the decision and hopes it will pave the way for more decisions to seek redress from policemen and lawkeepers who abuse their power and engage in violence.
PCATI Director, Dr. Rachel Stroumsa, said in response: “We’re very pleased that after 9 years of complaints, hearings and correspondence in this file, the HCJ judges reached the conclusion that some actions cannot be passed over and that the closure of the case is eminently unreasonable. This precedent-setting decision allows the complainant to demand that his torturers pay for their actions, and strengthens the demand that the PIU treat crimes by policemen with due severity.”