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Testimony: Q.H.H.H.


Name: Q.H.H.H.
Age: 13
Date: 26 February 2017
Location: Husan, West Bank
Accusation: Throwing stones

On 26 February 2017, a 13-year-old boy from Husan is served with a summons by Israeli soldiers at 2:30 a.m. The summons requests that he attend an interrogation later that day at a police station located inside a settlement. 

Israeli soldiers raided our house at around 2:30 a.m. and arrested my brother. They also gave my father a piece of paper summoning me to the police station in Kiryat Arba settlement later in the morning.
My father took me to the police station at 9:00 a.m. that morning. My father spoke to a policeman who told him he had to take me to the police station in the settlement of Etzion and this is what we did. My father and I waited outside Etzion police station until around 1:00 p.m.
At around 1:00 p.m. the soldiers allowed my father in but they kept me outside. A policeman asked me some personal questions about my name and age and then took me into an interrogation room with my father. The interrogator allowed my father to remain in the interrogation room.
The interrogator did not inform me of any of my rights. He immediately accused me of throwing stones at soldiers. I denied the accusation and told him I did not throw stones at anyone. He then tried to extract a confession from me against my brother and told me my brother had confessed against me. I asked him to bring my brother for me to check whether indeed he had confessed against me but the interrogator refused.
The interrogation lasted for about 10 minutes and the interrogator had a tape recorder in front of him. He asked me how many stones I threw and whether I missed or hit. I told him I did not throw any stones. Then he printed out a document in Hebrew and asked me to sign it. I had no idea what the document was and I signed it without understanding what it said.
Then they took my father outside and spoke to him. Then they took me to the room where my father was and told him to leave and asked him to hire a lawyer for me as I was being detained because I was accused of throwing stones at soldiers.
After my father left they took me to a courtyard and made me sit on a chair with a soldier guarding me. The soldier tied my hands to the front with one plastic tie which was not painful. I remained in the courtyard until around 6:00 p.m. Then they took my photograph and fingerprints and allowed a doctor to examine me. Then I was strip searched and taken to a cell where they removed the tie and I spent the night there.
In the morning they brought me some food and then took me to Ofer prison after shackling my legs and handcuffing me. The trip to Ofer took about 90 minutes and I was immediately taken to the military court. My father was in court but they did not allow me to speak to him. My lawyer was there too and the hearing was adjourned.
At the next hearing the military court decided to release me on bail and told my father he had to pay 2,500 shekels. My father paid the bail and I was released on 1 March 2017, one day after the second hearing. I was released from prison at around midnight and I arrived home with my parents at around 3:30 a.m. My next hearing will be on 15 April 2017.