Friday, December 01, 2006

14 days for shooting

14 days for shooting an innocent man.

An Israel Defense Forces soldier, who shot and seriously injured a Palestinian at a roadblock, was sentenced to 14 days in a military prison.

The soldier shot Haytem Yasin, 25, on November 4, at the roadblock of Asira al-Shemaliya. Yasin is being treated at Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva, where he is in serious condition as a result of major abdominal injuries.

According to testimonies collected by the human rights group B'Tselem, Yasin was shot after he told the soldiers that they should not ask women to run their hands over their bodies as a means of searching for concealed arms.

According to a senior military source, the trial of the soldier by a disciplinary court would prevent bringing him before a court martial. The details of the incident collected by B'Tselem suggest that the soldier fired at Yasin and even after Yasin fell to the ground he grabbed and threw him against the cement blocks used to make a roadblock.

Yasin was cuffed and the soldiers continued to hit and kick him.


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