Israeli Court OKs Use of Force on Arab

<i> From Associated Press</i>

Israel’s secret service has the authority to forcefully interrogate a Palestinian suspect believed to have information about terrorist attacks in Israel, the Supreme Court said in a decision announced Tuesday.

But court spokesman Moshe Gorali said the court would revisit the issue during a hearing today.

The Shin Bet security service told the Supreme Court that it has reason to believe that Raghi Mahmoud Saba, 26, has information that could help prevent future attacks.

Saba, from the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, was arrested about three weeks ago on suspicion of being a member of Iziddin al-Qassam, the military wing of the Islamic militant group Hamas.


Andre Rosenthal, Saba’s lawyer, said Shin Bet agents trying to extract information have deprived his client of sleep, handcuffed him in painful positions and put a sack over his head, with loud music playing nonstop.