Israel’s Justice Ministry Investigating Palestinian Suspect’s ‘Torture’ by Shin Bet Officers

The Israeli Justice Ministry has launched an investigation into potential wrongdoing by Shin Bet officers in the interrogation of a Palestinian man arrested for the killing of an Israeli teen in August, it said Sunday in a statement.

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44-year-old Samer Mina Salim Arbid has been hospitalized in critical condition after undergoing interrogation with the Israeli internal security service. The Justice Ministry's inspector for complaints against the Israel security agency would look into how his interrogation was conducted and what level of violence was used.

Arbid's lawyer, Mahmoud Hassan said he had "undergone severe torture." Adding that Arbid is on a respirator at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem and "suffered broken ribs and kidney failure."

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The ministry added that the inspector would also look at medical reports from the hospital he was transferred to, in a bid to ascertain his situation and the level of injuries he sustained as a result of the interrogation.