Sunday, June 26, 2022

Where should this case be tried?

The Jerusalem Post writes here about the pretrial release of Palestinian Authority security personnel who are awaiting military court trial:

“The flawed military trial of 14 low-ranking security officers will not bring about justice,” according to Heba Morayef, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “There needs to be a civilian trial following international standards, not just a smokescreen to protect those higher up. It is essential that the individuals who gave orders to arrest Nizar Banat for no lawful reason, and who oversaw the assault, are also held to account.

“Under international human rights law, cases involving human rights violations should be prosecuted in civilian courts, even if they involve members of the military,” she said. “The Palestinian Authority must immediately transfer this case to the civilian justice system, to ensure that proceedings are independent of those involved in the crime.”

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