Slippery Slope

Notes From a Crumbling Democracy

Judiciary: May 25, 2012

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Research conducted by Shiri Krebs, a PhD student at Stanford University law school and previously an international law advisor to Israeli Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch, examined 322 cases brought before the High Court between 2000-2010 in which Palestinian administrative detainees appealed against their sentence. Throughout this decade not a single case resulted in a release order, with two exceptions – in one case the court rejected the state’s appeal to release a detainee and in another the detainee was released before the case reached the court. 36% of appeals were withdrawn due to understanding with the security services before the court discussion, 19% of the cases were withdrawn for similar reasons after discussion, and 44% of the appeals were denied. The average discussion time in an administrative detention case is only 20 minutes, even for detainees imprisoned for months or even years.

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May 25th, 2012 at 9:27 am