Slippery Slope

Notes From a Crumbling Democracy

Internal Security: May 3, 2012

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The Tel-Aviv District Court recently approved a compensation agreement, according to which the state will pay 1.2 million NIS to the family of convict Mohammed Ashkar, who was killed in Ketziot Prison during a surprise search, meant in part to “boost the morale” of the prison service’s Metzada unit members.  Following the approval of the agreement, the State Prosecutor’s office decided to close the investigation of the prison guards for their involvement in what turned out to be a prisoner riot resulting in 1 dead prisoner, 15 injured prisoners, and 15 injured prison guards.  The State agreed to pay the above mentioned sum – to the parents, wife and little son of Ashkar – while stating that it was being done in the framework of a compromise, and without admitting responsibility for the incidence.

(Hebrew - Haaretz)

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