IOA holds 72-year-old MP in administrative detention

[ 15/06/2011 – 06:40 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli court of Ofer, near Ramallah, ordered the administrative detention of Palestinian MP Ahmed Al-Haj for six months, without any charge.

Ahmed Al-Beitawi, a researcher with the international Tadamun foundation, said that the same court also ordered the administrative custody of lecturer Mustafa Al-Shinawi for four months. Both would appear in court next Sunday where the verdicts would be pronounced.

He described the decisions as “illegal” since administrative custody is arbitrary incarceration with no legal justification and with no indictment leveled against the detainee. He added that the Israeli intelligence is the party controlling the period of detention for each detainee.

Both Haj and Shinar were taken from their homes on 7/6/2011 in a campaign of arrests aimed at foiling the reconciliation process between Fatah and Hamas.

Hamas lawmakers in Nablus denounced the ruling against their colleague, saying that it proved the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) had nothing solid against Haj.

They stressed that the Israeli policy of abducting representatives of the people would not succeed in curbing the people’s democratic choice.

The MPs drew the attention to the  old age of Haj and his bad health condition, holding the IOA responsible for any harm that comes to him.


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