2012/07/18 - 09:15
21 Palestinian MPs in Israeli Jails
Navideshahed: The director of the Palestinian Center for Prisoners' Studies, Riadh Ashkar, stated in a press release that "the occupation is using the administrative detention to justify the continued detentions against the MPs and the former ministers, without having to provide incriminating evidence against them...
A Human Rights Center reported that the number of Palestinian MPs held in the occupation jails has increased to twenty-one deputies, following the arrest of the MP for the city of Ramallah and Al Bireh Ahmed Mubarak, on Sunday.
The director of the Palestinian Center for Prisoners' Studies, Riadh Ashkar, stated in a press release that "the occupation is using the administrative detention to justify the continued detentions against the MPs and the former ministers, without having to provide incriminating evidence against them, or trying them at a court of law, and is extending their administrative detention on an ongoing basis with no reason," he said.
He pointed out that among the detained MPs, seventeen deputies, belonging to the Change and Reform bloc affiliated In Hamas movement, have been held under the administrative detention.
Besides, there are three detained MPs who have been sentenced to a long period; the two MPs for Fatah movement Marwan Barghouti, sentenced to life imprisonment five times, and MP Jamal Tirawi sentenced to thirty years, in addition to the Deputy Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Saadat, who has been also sentenced to thirty years.
Ashkar called on "the world parliaments, mainly the Arab ones, to intervene in order to pressure the occupation to release the Palestinian MPs, who have been arrested, illegally and with no legal justification, and to cease its arrest campaigns, noting that" the occupation had released five MPs during the last month after the expiration of their six-month sentences that had been renewed several times, "as he said.
It is noted that the IOF arrested on Sunday MP Ahmed Mubarak, who had previously served four years in the prisons of the occupation, after surrounding and storming his house in Al-Bireh town, and searching it.
Source: The Palestinian Information Center