Broad campaign of transfers in Megiddo Prison to put pressure on prisoners

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[ PIC 11/11/2012 – 07:31 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Palestinian prisoners in Gilboa prison complained about the prison administration’s practices, especially their transfer to the courts in the so called “Bousta” .

The prisoners said, in a letter they leaked from prison, that carrying the prisoner to court is like transporting him to a new cell, or even harsher than that.

They added that the process of transferring the captives to the court via the “Bousta”, which is basically a van with metal seats used to transport prisoners handcuffed and shackled. Prisoners have to wait inside these vans, sometimes for a whole day, until they appear in court.

The prisoners appealed to human rights organizations to put pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities to stop their brutal practices against the Palestinian prisoners, especially the process of carrying them to the courts in this harsh form of transport.

Meanwhile, sources in the Megiddo prison said that the Prison Service carried out, during the past few days, a broad campaign of transfers of detainees, creating a state of confusion inside the prison.

The sources told PIC’s reporter that the occupation authorities transferred a large number of prisoners from the Megiddo prison to prisons in the south, especially to Ofer prison, and vice versa.

They also stated that these transfers have led to an overcrowding in the prison, pointing out that the transfers are considered one of the means of repression used by the occupation forces against the prisoners.

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