The military trial of four members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) centred on mobile phone footage showing soldiers laughing as a blindfolded Palestinian man is subjected to electric shocks with a medical device.
The incident was uncovered after authorities, suspicious of abusive treatment towards prisoners, confiscated one of the soldiers’ phones, report Mako.
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The unnamed soldier will now spend seven months behind bars. He will, however, be allowed to keep his job and is set to be demoted to the rank of private.
IDF officials say they condemn the actions of those involved: “The IDF sees in these extreme incidents a total violation and disregard of the IDF’s Code of Conduct and strongly condemns these actions. The court has not yet come to decisions regarding other suspects involved in these extreme incidents.”
The sentencing comes after an Israeli border police officer was filmed Sunday flipping a disabled Palestinian man’s wheelchair to the ground.