Name: Imad Mohammad al-Ashhab
Event: Administrative Detention
Place of residence: Hebron, Occupied Palestinian Territory
Date of arrest: 21 February 2010
Charge: No charge
Place of detention: Ofer Prison, Occupied Palestinian Territory
Date of issue: 4 January 2011
At around 7:30am, on 21 February 2010, 17-year-old Imad was travelling to work with his father in the occupied West Bank. Father and son had to pass through an Israeli army checkpoint like every morning. 'When we reached the container checkpoint,' recalls Imad, 'soldiers would usually examine our permits.' However, on this morning, two soldiers grabbed Imad and dragged him into a small room. 'What did he do?' shouted Imad's father, but there was no response. After being thoroughly searched, Imad reports that his hands were handcuffed behind his back and his feet were shackled. 'They also placed a black mask over my face and it smelled like urine,' recalls Imad. 'The smell was very strong and I told one of the soldiers but he didn't take it off, but said, "shut-up, or I'll hit you."' Imad reports that he was held in the small room for around six hours during which time he was not given anything to eat or drink, and was prevented from using the toilet.