Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Israel to release Nablus deputy mayor after two years

Date: 27 / 05 / 2009 Time: 15:30

Nablus – Ma’an – Israel decided to release the deputy mayor of the West Bank city of Nablus after holding him without trial for two years on Wednesday.

According to Fares Abu Hassan, an attorney with the International Solidarity prisoners organization, 44-year-old Mahdi Shaker Al-Hanbali was arrested on 31 May 2007 when Israeli soldiers raided his home. He was remanded to administrative detention in Megido Prison for six months, and later to the Negev desert prison camp for a year and a half.

The Israeli high court decided not to extend Al-Hanbali’s administrative detention on Wednesday, Abu Hassan said.

Al -Hanbali told Abu -Hassan that “the prisoners are living in their worst stages of life” adding that they are “ suffering of bad treatment and imposing high fines and barring family visitations, in addition to solitary confinement for any simple reason.”