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Report: Shin Bet to compensate PFLP member for torture

Dec. 17, 2010 11:09 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2010 11:13 A.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- In what Israeli media called "an unusual move," the country's internal security service the Shin Bet reportedly agreed to compensate a Palestinian man disabled while under torture by the service's investigators.

The victim, identified by Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz as Jamal Al-Hindi, was detained in 1995 for his involvement with the leftist party the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said at the time to have been behind the shooting deaths of three Israeli settlers swimming near Jericho.

Al-Hindi was detained and questioned as a suspect, confessed but later recanted saying he had told interrogators what they wanted to hear just to make the torture stop, the newspaper report said, noting that an employer in and Israeli settlement vouched that he had been at work at the time of the shootings. Following the questioning, he reportedly filed a lawsuit detailing beatings and torture he underwent during the interrogation.

One year later the lawsuit was filed, Haaretz said, and a doctor testified that Al-Hindi suffered a 30 percent psychiatric disability as a result of the torture.

According to the paper, compensation will be provided, without an admission of wrongdoing. The court would not make public the final details of the settlement, the paper said.
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