Friday, August 27, 2004
IDF soldiers arrested for murder of Palestinian
From the Guardian:
The Israeli military has arrested two soldiers on suspicion of murdering an unarmed Palestinian and has also arrested two officers from their platoon for allegedly attempting to cover up the killing, the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported Friday.We'll see where this heads. After all, the IDF is notorious for protecting it's own from any repercussions. The article notes that a soldier is still on trial for manslaughter in the case of Tom Hurndall, a British ISM activist shot dead by the IDF, and the investigation into Rachel Corrie's death found that the bulldozer driver who ran over her was not responsible (the "investigation" found that the cause of death was the rubble that fell on her, not the driver of the bulldozer that happened to push that rubble on her), so it seems unlikely that if there is no justice for an American and a Brit, it will come to a Palestinian.
The paper cited prosecutors at a special hearing held Thursday at the army's general staff headquarters in Tel Aviv as accusing the men of the "deliberate shooting of an innocent man who was not behaving suspiciously." It said the suspects were remanded in custody. No trial date has so far been set.
A military spokesman could neither confirm nor deny the report Friday.
The paper said one of the suspects, urged on by the other, shot the man during military operations in the southern Gaza Strip last October, then told his superiors that he had shot a hostile gunman.
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