JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli central court has released a 16-year-old Palestinian boy after finding him innocent after six months in custody without having served trial.
Muhammad Mahmoud, a lawyer for the Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association, said that the judge of the Israeli central court decided to release Mahmoud al-Hadra after ruling that he was not guilty of the charges he was facing.
Al-Hadra had been on trial for allegedly possessing weapons and using them against the Israeli army.
The lawyer said that the decision came after a hearing session with witnesses.
Al-Hadra was detained in late July 2014.
A 2011 internal report by the Israeli military court system showed that 99.74 percent of all trials of Palestinians end in a conviction, while appeals by defendants are rejected two-thirds of the time.
Once arrested by Israeli forces, it is nearly impossible for a Palestinian to gain freedom through the courts, with only around 25 acquittals in the more than 9,000 cases that pass through the system yearly.
Around 500 Palestinians are currently being held without charge or trial as part of the system called “administrative detention,” while another 5,500 are being held in Israeli prisons after being found guilty of a crime by the military courts.