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Testimony: R.M.Y.T.


Name:  R.M.Y.T.
Age:  16
Date:  13 June 2022
Location:  Deir Nidham, West Bank
Accusation:  Throwing stones

On 13 2022, a 15-year-old minor from Deir Nidham was arrested by Israeli soldiers from home at 3:00 a.m. He reports ill-treatment. He reports consulting with a lawyer briefly prior to interrogation but not being informed of his right to silence. He reports being sentenced to 4 months in prison and fined NIS 2,000.

I woke up at around 3:00 a.m. when Israeli soldiers came into my bedroom and accused me of throwing stones at settlers. About 10 soldiers were in my bedroom and more soldiers surrounded our house. 
The soldiers told my parents they wanted to arrest me and gave my father a document filled out in Hebrew with some details about my arrest. Then they tied my hands to the front with two plastic ties on top of each other. The ties were very tight and painful. They also blindfolded me before leading me on foot to the nearby military base. 
When we arrived at the military base I was taken inside and left in a shipping container for about 10 hours. Some soldiers at the base beat me on my back and legs. After about 10 hours I was taken to a police station at a nearby settlement where I was questioned for about half-an-hour. 
The interrogator was wearing a T-shirt and jeans and had a camera in the room.  He phoned a lawyer for me and allowed me to speak to him. The lawyer told me not to confess and spoke to me for less than a minute while the interrogator listened. 
Then, without informing me of my right to silence, the interrogator accused me if throwing stones. I denied the accusation. He repeated the accusation and spoke to me in a loud aggressive voice. When I denied the accusation again, he punched me on the side and on my leg above the knee which hurt. At the end of the interrogation the interrogator asked me to sign a document written in Hebrew but I refused to sign. 
After the interrogation I was taken to Ofer prison, near Jerusalem, where I was strip searched before being taken into section 13. The following day I had a military court hearing. My parents were not informed and did not attend the hearing. My detention was extended. I had five military court hearings. 
At the last one hearing I was sentenced in a plea bargain to four months in prison and a fine of NIS 2,000. I was also given a further sentence suspended for three years. My lawyer told me it was a good deal so I accepted it.
I served my whole sentence in Ofer prison. My parents visited me once and I was able to call them twice a month from a telephone provided by the prison authorities. In prison I helped distribute food to the prisoners.
I was released on 11 September 2022, at Al Jib checkpoint. I went home with my sister. I arrived home at around 7:00 p.m.