Ministry of detainees: Israel still keeps some prisoners as unlawful combatants


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[ 22/12/2011 – 10:26 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Information director of the Palestinian ministry of prisoners Riyadh Al-Ashqar said there are still three civilian prisoners from the Gaza Strip classified by the Israeli occupation as unlawful combatants in its jails, although they ended their prison terms.

Ashqar stated on Wednesday the number of prisoners who were classified arbitrarily by Israeli courts as unlawful combatant shrank to three after they released Mohamed Abu Jamous from Khan Younis on Tuesday.

He added that Abu Jamous spent four years in Israeli jails although he was sentenced to two years and thus was supposed to be released in June 2009.

The Israeli occupation released a month ago a Palestinian citizen from Gaza called Hammad Abu Amrah after it used against him this law making him spend more than his six-year imprisonment sentence.

The Israeli occupation invented this law through the Knesset and kangaroo courts to use it against Gaza prisoners after it had withdrawn from the Gaza Strip in December 2005 in order to circumvent international law and jail them for open periods without any charges leveled against them.

Source and more at the Palestinian Information Center

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