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IDF drug indictments increase 50%

Legal report of events in 2014 shows 629 drug cases were opened; troop desertions decrease to 3,359.

An internal legal report from the IDF released Sunday, revealed a 50% increase in indictments of soldiers in 2014 for crimes involving drugs including selling, producing and trading.

 

 

According to the released figures, 629 cases were opened for drug related crimes compared to 416 in 2013. Accordingly, 66% of military police investigations involved drug crimes compared to 50% in 2013.

 

Mr. Nice Guy - a semi-legal substance sold in street kiosks throughout Israel. (Photo: Avi Rokach) (Photo: Avi Rokach)
Mr. Nice Guy - a semi-legal substance sold in street kiosks throughout Israel. (Photo: Avi Rokach)
 

 

The accusations against soldiers included a wide range of crimes, from refusal to undergo a drug test to actively dealing drugs. The increase in cases can be partially explained by a change in the IDF's legal procedures to include prosecution for those who've admitted to using semi-legal substances like Mr. Nice Guy despite not appearing on the IDF's list of dangerous drugs.

 

The new figures include several cases that were appealed and even some that were dropped.

 

Chief IDF Prosecutor Asher Halperin. (Photo: Moti Kimchi) (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
Chief IDF Prosecutor Asher Halperin. (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
 

 

The report also revealed a decrease in the number of troop desertions over the course of 2014, though the figure still remained at over 3,000 soldiers

 

Specifically, 3,359 cases of desertion were opened in 2014 compared to 3,862 in 2013. The report said that 64% of those cases were opened by the central division of the military prosecution. Just 19% were opened by the southern division and another 17 in the north.

 


פרסום ראשון: 08.09.15, 19:02
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