Monday, March 1, 2010

Jihad affiliate given 7th administrative detention sentence

Hebron – Ma'an – Israeli authorities handed down on Sunday the seventh consecutive administrative detention sentence to an Islamic Jihad supporter from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.

Relatives of Imad Abu Maria, 30, said he was preparing to leave the Negev prison and while fellow prisoners were bidding him farewell, he was told that his sentence was extended in relation to an undisclosed case.

Following Maria's third detention in Israeli custody and his brief release three days earlier, Israeli forces detained him. He has served 36 months of administrative detention (imprisonment without trial or indictment) in total.

Maria's mother said her son has served a total of eight years in Israeli custody, while his brother Wahid has served 17. The family home had been demolished by Israeli forces, she said.