Sunday, April 25, 2010

After 4 years of detention, lawmaker released

Gaza/Bethlehem - Ma'an - Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council with the Hamas bloc Anwar Zboun was released from Israeli prison on Sunday after four years of detention for affiliation with the party.

Zboun's family said they were awaiting Anwar’s release, but said he was obliged to undergo unexplained "release procedures," prior to his return to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The PLC member was detained by the Israeli army from his home in Bethlehem on 26 June 2006, days after Gaza militants captured an Israeli soldier who remains captive in the coastal strip. Dozens of other Palestinian lawmakers were similarly abducted following the capture.

Sixteen PLC members remain in Israeli detention centers, two of which, according to the International Campaign for the Release of Palestinain Prisoners, were moved from the Ofer to the Negev detention center last week. The campaign said the removal of Nezar Ramadan and Azzam Salhab was intended to weaken the ongoing prisoners strike.