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Border Guard officers haze new recruits
Four Border Guard officers arrested for allegedly assaulting two new recruits as part of initiation process. Police investigation points to wide-spread phenomenon
The Police Investigations Unit arrested four Border Guard officers for alleged involvement in the hazing and aggravated assault of two officers who had just completed basic training.


The officers were put on house arrest after admitting to the crimes attributed to them and an additional officer will face a remand hearing later on Monday.


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The abuse allegedly began in December when two of the complainants were assigned to a company near Maccabim. Upon their arrival, the suspects initiated a series of hazing assaults against them which included punching and kicking episodes while the new recruits were handcuffed. They were also sprayed with pepper spray.


The complaint reached the Police Investigations Unit on Sunday night after one of the victims' parents discovered the incident and reported it.


The investigation suggests there is a wider-spread phenomenon than detailed in this specific complaint.



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