Tue Dec 21, 2010A Palestinian man has won a court case that charged the Israeli security agency Shin Bet with torturing him during his imprisonment 15 years ago.
Shin Bet was ordered on Tuesday to compensate Jamal Mustafa al-Hindi, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), for disabilities the agency caused.
Hindi was arrested about 15 years ago on charges of murdering two Israelis.
The Palestinian confessed to the murders, but later said that he confessed in order to free himself from the torturing he suffered at the hands of Shin Bet agents.
Hindi said the torturing included “being handcuffed in painful positions, deprived of sleep, shaken and slapped.”
His interrogators threatened to kill him and destroy his home, he said according to his testimony.
Hindi’s employers provided evidence which proves he was at work while the murders took place.
The murder charges were dropped after six months of his imprisonment.
Hindi filed for damages, saying that the torture he suffered had caused permanent psychiatric disability.
Shin Bet has apparently accepted the ruling, even though the amount to be compensated is not known. The agency does not have a good reputation for compensating after interrogations.