Israeli court illegally extends detention of lawyer Issawi and her brothers

[ 29/03/2011 – 04:38 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli high court of justice in the occupied Palestinian city of Jerusalem on Monday decided, at the behest of the Israeli prosecutor, to extend the detention of lawyer Shirin Al-Issawi and her brothers, Medhat and Ra’fat.

The court is expected to give its final decision regarding their case within a week.

Head of Mandela institute for human rights lawyer Buthaina Duqmaq said the extension decision was arbitrary and a blatant violation of all norms and laws because their detention has no legal basis.

Duqmaq stressed that there is a clear and serious violation of law in the file of Al-Issawi siblings who have been in jail for about one year without any guilt or crime.

The father of the prisoners, for his part, said the court refused to release his daughter and sons immediately after the deadline given previously to the prosecutor had ended and instead decided to extend their detention until further testimonies are provided.

The Israeli prosecutor has failed to provide any evidence or testimonies so far against Al-Assawi siblings, and this step was taken by the court in an attempt to circumvent the law.

In a separate incident, an Israeli court extended the administrative detention of Hamas leader Bajes Nakhla for the third consecutive time in Negev prison.

Nakhla is from Jalazon refugee camp in Ramallah city and one of the noted Hamas leaders in the city. He was one of Marj Azzuhour exiles and spent more than 14 years in Israeli jails.

Israel does not provide administrative detainees with meaningful information on the reasons for their detention or even an opportunity to refute any suspicions, if there, against them.

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