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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Israel border police face charges
By Matthew Price
BBC correspondent in Jerusalem

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Border police check Palestinians have permission to enter Israel
Three Israeli border policemen have been charged with beating and humiliating two Palestinian teenagers whom they had arrested.

It is alleged the policemen took the Palestinians to a remote area of woodland where they then kicked and punched them.

It is thought it may take up to six months for the case to come to trial.

The main job of border police is to prevent Palestinians from getting into Israeli territory without permission.

Among Palestinians, the force has a reputation for being particularly tough.

There have been several instances where members of the border police have been charged with overstepping the line.

Charges

Now three officers are facing trial. They are accused of taking two seventeen-year-old Palestinians to a secluded area.

It is alleged they then spent half-an-hour beating them with their fists and with sticks.

They also, according to reports, poured dairy products over them and forced them to kiss the officers' shoes.

The charges against the three came as another group of nine border police were arrested on charges of beating and stealing money from Palestinians.


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