Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hamas lawmaker sentenced to three and a half years in Israeli prison

Date: 25 / 04 / 2009 Time: 09:44

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Israeli military court at Ofer sentenced a Palestinian lawmaker to three and a half years in jail in addition to two years probation on Friday.

Sources in Jerusalem said Muhammad Tutah, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from Jerusalem representing Hamas’ change and reform bloc appeared in front of a military judge after more than two years of administrative detention where he was held without charge.

Tuta was detained in June 2006 during a wide-scale Israeli apprehension campaign against Palestinian ministers and lawmakers affiliated to Hamas following the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.