In First, Israeli Military Court Throws Out Palestinian Boy’s Interrogation: Judge disqualifies youth’s statements – in which he denied culpability – because police denied him access to attorney – a report for Haaretz by Amira Hass

“An Israeli military court has made a precedent-setting ruling by refusing to admit a Palestinian minor’s statements to police because the police investigator denied him access to an attorney.
The ruling could have far-reaching ramifications because most Palestinian minors are not allowed to speak to an attorney before their interrogation starts.  The judge, Col. Yair Tirosh, permitted publication of his ruling, despite objection by the military prosecutors, Capt. Daniel Goldhammer and Lt. Na’aman Khatib.”

“(Neri) Ramati (the accused’s lawyer) told Haaretz, that it is a well-known norm that investigators do not allow Palestinian minors to consult with attorneys or parents. (78 percent of 208 Palestinian minors told UNICEF between 2013 and 2014 that Israeli investigators had not informed them about their rights. The Ramallah-based Military Court Watch took testimonies of 79 Palestinian minors who were detained by the military in 2016, and 91% of them said they did not consult a lawyer.)”
“Ramati said military judges had sufficed with reprimands in previous cases in which the defense pointed out flaws in the interrogation. Most Palestinian minors are held until the end of procedures. Cases usually end in plea bargains due to the defense’s fear that the trial will take longer than the length of incarceration sought as punishment.”

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