israel is the only country in the world where children were “systematically tried” in military courts

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Israel Frees Innocent 16-year-old Palestinian After Six Months in Prison

An Israeli central court found a 16-year-old Palestinian boy innocent after holding him for six months in prison without trial.

Mohammed Mahmoud, a lawyer for the Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association, said Mahmoud al-Hadra was released after the court found that he was not guilty of the charges pressed against him.

Al-Hadra had been on trial for allegedly possessing weapons and using them against Israeli soldiers.

The lawyer said that the decision came after a hearing session with witnesses.

Al-Hadra was detained in late July 2014.

A 2011 internal report by the Israeli military court system showed that 99.74 percent of all trials of Palestinians end in a conviction, while appeals by defendants are rejected two-thirds of the time.

Once arrested by Israeli forces, it is nearly impossible for a Palestinian to gain freedom through the courts, with…

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