Tomorrow: Supreme Court decision on Ben Uliel appeal

Since the July 2015 arson attack on the Dawabshe family’s house in Kfar Duma, Honenu has assisted many Jews accused of involvement with the crime. For a selection of posts describing Honenu Attorneys’ representation of defendants and GSS interrogees, click here. To familiarize our readers with the case, Honenu has gathered – click here – various articles and short videos on the subject.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 16:06 The Supreme Court has announced that tomorrow (Thursday) at 8:00, they will hand down a decision on the appeal by Amiram Ben Uliel regarding his conviction in the Kfar Duma case. The ruling will determine whether or not a confession extracted by means of torture is admissible in the State of Israel. Attorneys Avigdor Feldman and Yehoshua Reznik are representing Ben Uliel.

Leading up to the ruling, Attorney Avigdor Feldman said, “For the first time, the Supreme Court has been required to address the question of what the legal status is of a confession that was given after the defendant was interrogated under torture. The General Security Service did not deny that after 17 days of interrogation, during which the defendant maintained his right to silence, severe physical means were applied to the defendant, with the approval of the Attorney General. The [Central] District Court ruled that the confession given three days after the torture is admissible. I hope that tomorrow the Supreme Court will rule that applying physical means in order to break the spirit of a defendant – and at a stage where he is prevented from meeting with an attorney – invalidates every prima facie confession that was given following torture. Israel does not want to be the first democratic state to allow torture during interrogation and to approve the results of the torture. The conviction of Ben Uliel is based only on the confession extracted from him after a night of torture,” stated Attorney Feldman.

Honenu: “The injustice done to Amiram has lasted almost seven years. We all hope that tomorrow it will come to an end, and thereby the court will erase this terrible ethical stain.”

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