An Israeli police detective âhas been charged with beating a Palestinian minor to get him to confess to throwing rocks at cars driven by Israelis,â reported Israeli newspaperÂ Haaretz.
The paper noted that âdespite the seriousness of the offense, the Justice Ministryâs department for the investigation of police officers charged the detective with a lesser assault crime,â namely simple assault, which carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison.
The detective âcould have been charged with a number of more serious offenses, including aggravated assault, that could result in prison terms of three or four yearsâ. Nor was he suspended from active duty.
The only reason the assault came to light is that âa voice recording of the interview-under-duress was found in the police case files given to the suspectâs lawyerâ â a âpresumably accidentalâ recording,Â HaaretzÂ stated, according to Days of Palestine.
âIn the recording, detective Yehuda Gigi can allegedly be heard beating the Palestinian, who was around 17 years old,â leading to the âcomplaint to the ministryâs unit for investigations of police.â
As a result of the assault, the Palestinian youth gave the police detective the desired confession.
âI confessed because he beat me,â the teen told his lawyer, only after she asked him about it when she listened to the recording. The youth was sentenced by a military court to ten months in prison.
The assault took place in November 2016, when the teen and his cousin, who hail from Salfit near Ariel settlement, were arrested on suspicion of throwing stones at settlersâ vehicles.