PA: Jaradat died in room for informers
Published Saturday 02/03/2013 (updated) 03/03/2013 17:30
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat, who died last week days after he was detained by Israeli forces, died in an interrogation room in Megiddo prison known for holding informers, says the Palestinian ministry of prisoners affairs.
In a report made public Saturday, the ministry detailed that Jaradat was detained on Feb. 18 and went through a tough interrogation process at a Shin Bet facility in Jalameh detention center.
"He was tortured savagely and was put under psychological pressure on suspicion that he threw stones at Israeli troops," the report said.
"Then he was moved to an interrogation facility in Megiddo (the "stool pigeons" room) for further investigation because he wouldn't admit to the charges at Jalameh. Two days after he was moved, he was murdered."
The ministry’s report described the "stool pigeons' room" as the most dangerous arm Israeli intelligence services turn to when interrogating Palestinian detainees.
"Prisoners are beaten, tortured, blackmailed and threatened in that room in the absence of any watchdog."
The report added: "Israeli courts and intelligence services rely on the results of investigations conducted in informer rooms without questioning and scrutinizing the interrogation methods used in these rooms."