Israel extends detention of Palestinian without charge or trial

May 3, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Monday renewed the administrative detention of a 29-year-old prisoner from Gaza, the Hussam detainees’ society said.

Raed Abu Mughsib was sentenced to six years imprisonment in 2003, but he was not released after serving the sentence.

Israeli authorities have held him in administrative detention – without trial or charge – since 2009.

The Hussam center called for Abu Mughsib’s immediate release.

The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem has recorded thousands of cases of administrative detention in which Palestinians have been detained “for prolonged periods of time, without prosecuting them, without informing them of the charges against them, and without allowing them or their attorneys to study the evidence.”

Israeli military officials can hold detainees in administrative detention for up to six months, but the term is indefinitely renewable.

Detainees can spend years in Israeli prisons without ever knowing what they are accused of. Their lawyers are not told what the charges are, undermining their ability to defend their clients.

“In practice, Israel breaches international law, while misusing the powers given to military commanders in the Administrative Detention Order,” B’Tselem says.

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