Israel lawmaker: Punish wrongdoers caught on film

AP News
Posted: Oct 27, 2010 12:10 PM
Israel lawmaker: Punish wrongdoers caught on film

A prominent Israeli lawmaker has proposed a bill to punish soldiers who are photographed mistreating Palestinians _ even if their crimes are discovered years later.

Tzachi Hanegbi says he wants to deter soldiers from behavior that "damages the army and the country."

The bill proposed Wednesday follows a string of pictures and videos that have surfaced on the Internet showing soldiers humiliating Palestinians. A photo released this week showed a soldier pointing a rifle at the face of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian man.

Most of the offending soldiers have not been reprimanded because they are out of the military. Now, soldiers discharged more than six months ago can't be prosecuted.

The new bill would allow prosecution for up to five years after discharge.