Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Israel releases former Palestinian finance minister

Date: 28 / 04 / 2009 Time: 12:59

Omar Abdel Razeq
Nablus – Ma'an – Israel released Palestinian lawmaker and former Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razeq from prison on Tuesday after holding him for five months, according to his wife.

Abdel Razeq, 50 had been held in Israel’s Negev prison camp since he was seized by Israeli forces on 15 December. He is on his way home to the West Bank town of Salfit.

Abdel Razeq had originally been sentenced to 26 months in prison for his affiliation to Hamas. He served the Hamas-led government elected in 2006.

IOA releases MP Abdelrazek, Fatah preventive security kidnaps his son
[ 28/04/2009 - 05:13 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)-- The IOA released Dr. Omar Abdelrazek, a Palestinian lawmaker and the former minister of finance in the 10th government, from the Negev prison Tuesday morning while the Fatah-affiliated preventive security apparatus kidnapped his son Mohamed soon after his release.

In a press statement to the PIC, his family said that Dr. Abdelrazek told them on the phone that he was still in Al-Khalil city and on his way home.

Instead of congratulating him on his freedom, the preventive security kidnapped his son just few hours after he was released from Israeli jails.

Israel kidnapped Dr. Abdelrazek in mid-2006 in the context of the campaign which was waged then against Palestinian lawmakers affiliated with Hamas, then he was released in August 2008 and later re-arrested again at the end of the same year.

In another related context, the PA security apparatuses kidnapped Monday the son of Sheikh Nasr Jarrar, a prominent Qassam leader who was assassinated by the IOF troops in 2002.

They also kidnapped a Palestinian professor called Yousuf Abu Al-Rub from Jalbun town, east of Jenin, and remarkably issued many summonses on Hamas members in Jenin in the last period.