Eight Nahal Brigade soldiers were arrested and interrogated for more than 12 hours in order to get them to admit the use of cannabis.
Data released last month by the state comptroller show that despite the "reform" that was supposed to ease punishment, the military police still focus mainly on drug offenses, with an emphasis on cannabis.
According to the testimony of a soldier in the battalion who reached the Cannabis magazine, the arrests began Sunday morning (2.6) during a military police raid on the Kissufim outpost on the Gaza border and the arrest of soldiers from the Nahal Brigade.
In search of the fighters' rooms, nothing was found, but eight of them were arrested because the Military Police Investigation Unit had intelligence information about them, which was obtained from another soldier's investigation, according to which they had consumed cannabis.
One of the detainees was interrogated for more than 12 hours, although according to his defense lawyers, he repeatedly told the interrogators that he was mentally unfit to withstand the pressure of the interrogation, but they ignored it.
The interrogators were not satisfied that the soldier admitted four cases of cannabis use in civilian life and continued the investigation until he finally admitted to using the base, he said, after the investigators persuaded him to accept punishment if he confesses.
according to Reform In the enforcement of cannabis in the IDF, which came into effect in January, soldiers charged with five cases of using cannabis in civilian life can reach a conditional arrangement without an indictment.
Accordingly, the MPCID is making great efforts to induce soldiers to admit more than 5 uses of citizenship, or alternatively to use the base, as can be seen in this case, ostensibly so as not to receive relief.
Another soldier was taken for interrogation immediately after returning from an all-night operation, and was interrogated until the evening despite complaining that he was tired and not feeling well. He claims that he was also prevented from consulting a defense attorney during the interrogation.
According to a report in Israel Today, the same fighter admitted to using cannabis in the morning but was interrogated throughout the day, apparently in an attempt to get him to confess to other cases of using or incriminating other soldiers.
Despite the reform, they still focus on cannabis offenses
According to data published in the State Comptroller's report last month, in 2017, the Military Police handled 23,765 events, of which 46% was more drug-related than any other offense.
When examining all the indictments, the situation is even worse. According to the Military Advocate General's report, 674 indictments filed against soldiers in 2017, 548 (about 80%) were on various drug offenses.
Moreover, an examination of Cannabis magazine shows that the above figures do not include the indictments against soldiers who refused to be examined for drugs. When they are included, the number of indictments for drug offenses rises to 571, about 85% of all indictments.
(281%) on the use of cannabis in military circumstances, 49 (175%) on drug trafficking, 30 (67%) on refusal to undergo a urine test, and only 11.7 (33%) on the use of cannabis in civilian circumstances, 5.7%) on other drug use.
The comptroller's report also states that MIU intelligence coordinators were instructed to focus on three topics, namely: weapons, drug trafficking, and drug use in the unit. They were required to have at least 25% of the intelligence information they provided about drug trafficking and at least 15% would be about drug use in the unit.
The report states that "the MPCID bases did not meet their goals regarding intelligence gathering and its effectiveness in the areas of weapons and weapons" - that is, they met only the drug targets.