VIDEO - A top physicist told the court hearing in the case of a commander found guilty of threatening a bound and blindfolded Palestinian during a rally in Naalin that the tape of the incident had been "doctored".
Nahum Shahaf, who also investigated the death of the Palestinian boy Mohammed al-Dura, was summoned as a witness for the defense in the case of Lt.-Col. Omri Burberg.
During the incident,
one of Burberg's soldiers, Staff-Sergeant (res.) Leonardo Corea, fired a rubber bullet at the Palestinian's feet.
Footage of shooting incident in Naalin
Shahaf said he had conducted a geometric and ballistic analysis of the tape and found that it had been edited.
"The editor cut out the cloud of dust caused by the discharge, which would have proved that the bullet hit the ground behind the detainee and not his toe, as well as the 20 cm gap between the rifle shaft and the bound Palestinian's foot," he said.
According to Shahaf, the footage was shot with a number of cameras positioned in different homes. "The cloud of dust which is supposed to appear as a result of a bullet hitting the ground did not appear, proving that the film had been doctored," the physicist told the court.
However, Superintendent Alan Tchaikovsky, a police forensics expert, said the tape was authentic. "No signs of editing or any other intervention were found," he said in an opinion submitted to the court.
About six months ago a military court convicted Burberg, the former commander of the Armored Corps' 71st Battalion, was convicted for attempted threats, while Corea was found guilty of illegal use of a weapon. Both were convicted for inappropriate behavior.