Israeli court adjourns trial of kidnaped Jerusalemite officials Mohammed Totah and Khaled Abu Arafa

[ 07/03/2012 – 04:58 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli central court in occupied Jerusalem has adjourned the trial hearing of kidnapped Jerusalemite MP Mohammed Totah and former Jerusalem minister Khaled Abu Arafa till next May.

Lawyer Fadi Al-Qawasme said that the court ruling on Wednesday came in response to the Israeli prosecution’s request in a bid to maintain the secret evidence against them.

He said that the prosecution would try and secure a decision by the Israeli war minister Ehud Barak blocking the revelation of those secret files at the pretext that revealing them to the defense team would pose a threat to Israel.

A special Israeli force had raided the Red Cross offices in occupied Jerusalem and kidnapped both officials who had been staging a sit-in there for a year and a half.

An indictment list against both officials said that they were affiliated with Hamas and launching political activity on its behalf other than their “illegal” residence in Jerusalem.

Human rights sources expected the court to order the deportation of both officials to the West Bank similar to what happened to their other two colleagues Mohammed Abu Tir and Ahmed Attoun.

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