Monday, June 22, 2009

Hamas MP denounces IOA refusal to release Fatah MP after completing his sentence

22/06/2009 - 09:41 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Hamas MP Dr. Salem Salama has condemned the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for refusing to release Fatah MP Jamal Huwail after completing his sentence.

Salama in a statement on Sunday said that the IOA aims at absenting Palestinian legitimacy and obstructing work of the honorable Palestinian deputies.

He drew the attention to the fact that the IOA policy in this regard was not new but rather it pursued the kidnap of Palestinians and holding them in administrative custody without leveling any charge against them then renew their detention in a bid to weaken their determination.

Huwail was elected as MP while in jail and was supposed to be released on Sunday after his seven and a half years sentence had ended but the IOA did not release him.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military court in Ofer on Sunday endorsed the 43 and a half months sentence along with around 500 dollars fine against Hamas MP Abdul Aziz Mubarak from Ramallah district.

The office of Hamas deputies in the West Bank described the ruling as political par excellence with no legal justification, and charged that such rulings targeted paralyzing the work of the Palestinian legislative council.

Israel postpones release of senior Fatah deputy
Date: 21 / 06 / 2009 Time: 13:16

Bethlehem - Ma’an - Israeli authorities have decided to postpone the release of Fatah-affiliated lawmaker Jamal Hwiel from prison, according to reports on Monday.

The Fatah leader from Jenin Refugee Camp finished a seven-and-a-half-year sentence on on 20 June, a Saturday, but was postponed due to the Jewish sabbath, or Shabat.

Regardless, Israel also on Monday refused to release the man, despite that his sentence has expired now by two days. Authorities did not provide an explanation.

Huweel was originally arrested on 11 April 2002 from Jenin Refugee Camp.