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Israel and the Occupied Territories: Doctors and interrogation practices: the case of Nader Qumsieh

, Index number: MDE 15/009/1993

Palestinian political detainees held by the Israeli authorities continue to be subjected to methods of interrogation which constitute torture or ill- treatment. Israeli physicians and other medical personnel have apparently been involved in certifying detainees' fitness to undergo some of the methods of interrogation used; in examining and providing treatment to victims before allowing them to be returned to interrogation; and in covering up abuses by interrogators. Nader Raji Qumsieh, a 25 year old Palestinian arrested in May 1993, was injured during interrogation. One medical report claims that he said he had fallen down stairs, whereas he has repeatedly stated that he was injured as a result of torture. A military investigation's findings into the allegations has yet to be disclosed.

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