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Did Israel hold detainees from Gaza in the secret prison during the fighting? On 1 February 2009, HaMoked received the State Attorney's response to its enquiry

On 7 January 2009, as Israel was beginning its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, HaMoked: Center for Defence of the Individual appealed to the State Attorney's Office in order to find out whether Israel was holding detainees from Gaza in its secret prison, facility 1391.

During the second Lebanon war, Israel held Lebanese detainees in the secret facility, and, concerned that this practice would be repeated, HaMoked appealed to the State for information.

On 1 February 2009, HaMoked received a contemptuous response from the State Attorney's Office:

  1. No
  2. No
  3. 0
  4. The answer derives from the above

This attitude disgraces both the State Attorney's Office and the professional relationship between attorneys representing two parties in a legal proceeding.

To view the State Attorney's Office's response dated 1 February 2009 (Hebrew)

To view HaMoked's letter dated 7 January 2009 (Hebrew)

The HCJ gave the State an extension of 21 days to respond to HaMoked's request to attach the concluding observations of the UN Committee against Torture: In its concluding observations, the Committee demands operation of the facility cease and those responsible for the torture and ill-treatment of prisoners be brought to justice (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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