The footage shows the three soldiers forcefully arresting the terrorist, after he resisted, tore off the handcuffs and attacked the company commander.
Despite the posting of the video, the Military Police Corps opened a criminal investigation against the soldiers last month on suspicion of ill-treatment, in light of the testimony of another soldier in the company according to which the three continued to physically assault the detainee even later, during the jeep ride, after he was under their full control.
The interrogation revealed that the force they used against the detainee in the military vehicle was excessive, including shouting at him and humiliating him. The commander of the force in the jeep was the one who later testified about the behavior of his subordinates after he ordered them to stop their actions.
This testimony was accompanied by additional evidence and further testimonies that reinforced the suspicions against the soldiers. According to the prosecution, the soldiers' violence was tainted by a moral flaw. On the other hand, the soldiers' defense claimed the terrorist was terrifying, using tremendous force, and that the soldiers' response throughout the operation was intended to restrain him.
The military court stated: "This is not a matter of violence for its own sake, nor of spontaneous eruption. It was a misjudgment regarding the extent of the force required (for the situation)."
(Translated and edited by N. Elias)