Appeals for saving Palestinian prisoner Sami Issa Aridi’s life

[ PIC 16/03/2013 – 05:08 PM ]

images_News_2013_03_16_aridi_300_0[1]NABLUS, (PIC)– Family of prisoner Sami Issa Aridi, from Arrabah town near Jenin, appealed to all human rights organizations to save the life of its detained son, who suffers from a weakness in the heart muscle and shortness of breath.

Rami Aridi, prisoner Sami’s brother, told Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights that “Sami has been suffering from this illness for a long time, but he was hiding it from his family.”

He added that the Israeli prison administration did not provide his brother with the appropriate medication and treatment and he has stopped taking the medicines seven months ago. Rami demanded appropriate treatment for Sami.

For his part, Fuad Al Khuffash, director of the center said Sami Aridi was arrested on 19/8/1999, when he was 19 years old. He was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment and is currently held in Megiddo prison.

The captive suffers from high blood pressure, severe headaches, and swelling on his face, Khuffash added.

He has also called for saving the life of prisoner Aridi, noting that he may die at any moment due to medical neglect.

The human rights activist said that the Israeli occupation has been violating all the terms, agreements and conventions which provide for preserving the life and safety of the detainee, through refusing to offer the patient prisoners treatment.

Ahrar Center has also denounced the transfer campaigns, waged by the occupation authorities inside the jails, which aim to create a state of instability.

Khuffash confirmed that transferring the prisoners, particularly the administrative detainees and those sentenced to long periods, from one prison to another represents another method of torture against them.

He added that this procedure prevents visits by family members who face great difficulties in obtaining permission for the visits, to be later informed that the prisoner was transferred to another jail, which means they have to wait until the new prison issues visit permissions.

He demanded facilitating issuance of permits for visiting the prisoners, and halting the obstacles and restrictions imposed on family visits.

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