Prisoner Khader Adnan on Hunger Strike Tied to his Hospital Bed, says Group

WAFA FEBR 20 2012

TEL AVIV, February 20, 2012 (WAFA) – Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for 66 days in a row, is still shackled to his hospital bed in spite of claims to the contrary, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel said Monday.

It said in a statement that it has also submitted an urgent appeal to the Petah Tikva District Court near Tel Aviv to reconsider a February 16 decision to uphold the four-month administrative detention of Adnan, who went on hunger strike to protest his detention.

“The urgent request was submitted after PHR-Israel discovered that information provided by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) to the court was incorrect,” said the statement.

It accused the IPS of misleading the District Court judge by claiming that Adnan would not be shackled while hospitalized.

“It was on this incorrect information that (Petah Tikva District Court Judge Clara) Reggiano based her decision to reject a petition concerning Mr. Adnan’s shackling,” it said.

PHR – Israel said it discovered during a medical visit of a volunteer physician to Adnan on Sunday that the Palestinian prisoner was handcuffed to both sides of his bed.

“The shackling of a patient to his hospital bed constitutes a violation of medical ethics and IPS regulations, and is inconsistent with the recommendations and guidelines of the Ministry of Health, the Israeli Medical Association, and international medical institutions,” said the statement.

It expressed concern that Adnan “is in imminent danger of death due to the length of his strike.”



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