30 Apr '16, 9pm

The Law in These Parts: Palestinian Security Justice: By: Michael Deegan It wasn’t the trial of the ce...

The Law in These Parts: Palestinian Security Justice: By: Michael Deegan It wasn’t the trial of the ce...

It wasn’t the trial of the century, but the strain of the pending verdict was apparent on the defendant’s face, a young, weary corporal. The judge, a captain in the Palestinian Military Justice Commission (MJC), had just finished peppering the defendant with rapid-fire questions seeking answers as to why the corporal had abandoned his post and gone absent without leave (AWOL) for six days. The style of jurisprudence on display had a European feel. The military prosecutor, a lieutenant, sat with a dubious expression as the corporal explained to the military judge that he needed to go home to tend to a sick relative. The “courtroom” setting was far from elaborate. One would find no marble or richly stained hardwood floors here—the proceedings were occurring in the living room of a rented apartment in the West Bank. Despite the humble décor, and modest means of the MJC, justi...

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