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Israel's High Court is to permit the Shin Bet security police to use "physical pressure" on a prisoner in the form of severe shaking, which human rights groups say amounts to torture, writes Patrick Cockburn.

The detainee is Muhammad Abdel Aziz Khamdan, from the West Bank, who is accused of being a member of the militant Islamic Jihad group and is believed to have information about impending suicide attacks on Israeli targets. He has been interrogated for three weeks at the Russian compound prison in Jerusalem, where his lawyer says he was deprived of sleep, shaken and held in an uncomfortable position.

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