Friday, November 28, 2014

Delay in IDF compliance with videotaping requirement

Haaretz reported in August (sorry for the delay) that the defense bar is objecting to the IDF's failure to videotape some interrogations. Here is some background from that article:
The law requires police to film the interrogation of everyone suspected of committing a serious crime – but this law does not apply to IDF soldiers. Since 2002, the law requires visual documentation of the entire questioning; but 12 years later the law does not officially apply to the defense establishment.
Lawyers who represent IDF soldiers say this seriously harms the rights of soldiers being investigated for crimes, and is discriminatory compared to citizens suspected of the same crimes. But after a five-year battle by the military defender’s office, there appears to be a change of heart in recent months. The Defense Ministry has formulated a regulation requiring such recording of interrogations for soldiers too, signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. But the Military Police has been granted an eight-month period to “prepare” for the change before the new orders will be fully implemented. Serious crimes under the provision of this law are those that bear a possible prison sentence of 10 years or more.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Comments are subject to moderation and must be submitted under your real name. Anonymous comments will not be posted (even though the form seems to permit them).