Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hamas lawmaker released from Israeli jail after 17-month administrative detention

Date: 22 / 04 / 2009 Time: 21:00

Nablus – Ma’an – Israeli authorities released a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) representing the Hamas bloc in Nablus after he served 17 months of administrative detention.

The 71-year-old Ahmad Al-Hajj Ali from Ein Beit Al-Mai was released on Wednesday. Hajj Ali was detained on 16 December 2007.

Hamas legislator released after two years in prison

Thursday April 23, 2009 09:28
by IMEMC & Agencies
The Israeli Authorities released on Wednesday evening legislator Ahmad Al Hajj Ali, from the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Negev Detention Camp
Negev Detention Camp

Al Hajj is a member of the Change and Reform Bloc of the Hamas movement. He is from the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Lawyer Fares Hasan, of the International Solidarity Institution for Human Rights, stated that the Salem Israeli Military Court issued an order to the release of Ali after he spent two years in detention.

Ali was kidnapped by the army in Mid-December 2007, after the army broke into his home in Al Ein refugee camp, in Nablus.

He spent most of his detention period at the Negev detention camp and Majiddo prison.

After the Hamas movement won the vast majority of the Legislative Council seats in January of 2006, and its winning in most village councils and municipalities elections in 2005, Israel carried a large-scale arrest campaign that targeted dozens of Hamas legislators, mayors and officials.