Palestinian prisoner beaten after refusing strip search

Published today (updated) 30/06/2011 10:39

GAZA (Ma’an) — The ministry for detainees in the Hamas run Gaza Strip reported Thursday that a prisoner was abused by Israeli prison guards after refusing a strip search.

Nael Al-Barghouthi, arrested in 1978, was being detained in Ramon prison, near Beersheba in southern Israel, when prison guards asked to perform a strip search.

Upon refusing he was thrown into solitary confinement for two days and beaten, media spokesman for the ministry for detainees Riyad Al-Ashkar said.

Fellow detainee, Hilal Jaradat, reportedly rushed to his aid and was subsequently put together in a cell with Nael where they were both beaten by the guards, Al-Ashkar told Ma’an.

The lawyer for Al-Barghouti, Muhammad Al-Shayed, said in a statement that Nael is being punished for the incident and has been banned from receiving visitors for a period of four months, in addition to being fined 500 NIS and prohibited from buying from the prison cafeteria.

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