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Israeli policeman who threw Palestinian from speeding jeep gets more jail time

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

B’Tselem said Friday it was questionable whether a sentence of 8½ years is compatible with the gravity of the offense. However, bringing the policeman to justice, even if only partially, is a rare instance in which the justice system in Israel has met its obligation to hold security forces accountable for illegally harming Palestinians. As a rule, the authorities refrain from enforcing the law on soldiers and police officers who commit crimes of violence against Palestinians, the organization said in a statement. Presumably, the tragic results of this case, together with the high profile it was given by the media, led the authorities to deviate from their custom and prosecute the policemen, the statement added.

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