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  6/6/2013, Sivan 28, 5773

Case Closed Against Police Without Plaintiff Testimony


Director-General Sagi Keisler of the Samaria (Shomron) Residents' Council reported, this week, that he was informed by the Office of Public Inquiries in the Northern District of the Israel Police that the office was closing the case in the complaint he filed against police officers for not coming to help supervise the counting of ballots at the end of the recent Knesset elections at at precinct in the northern Arab village of Arraba. A similar notice was received a month ago by the Police Investigations Department,  which passed the case on to the office of public inquiries.

Keisler said that no testimony was taken from the complaining witness aside from his complaint. He said that raised many questions and wondered if the law is being enforced when the police are investigating themselves. He concluded,  "It's strange that the police decided not to investigate at least one of the witnesses standing outside the polling station, who heard the screams and heard different excuses by the police as to why they were not entering the polling place."