Wednesday, April 13, 2011

IPS moves Abu Sisi to an isolation cell

[ 13/04/2011 - 09:53 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Israel prison service (IPS) moved Palestinian detainees Dirar Abu Sisi and Murad Abu Rikab to isolation cells, the information department at the ministry of prisoners in Gaza said on Wednesday.
It said in a statement that the Eshel prison administration informed Abu Sisi, the operations manager of Gaza electricity station who was abducted by Israeli agents from the Ukraine almost two months ago, that he would be moved to solitary confinement.
It added that the prison administration of Nafha prison moved Abu Rikab, who is sentenced to 27 years, to an isolation cell. The ministry said that both administrations did not give a reason for the move.
An Israeli court charged Abu Sisi with upgrading rockets for the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, so that it would hit farther targets.
Israel is holding more than six thousand Palestinian prisoners and dozens of them are held in isolation. Some of those have been in solitary confinement for ten years.

Gaza engineer sent to solitary

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Abducted Gaza engineer Dirar Abu Sisi and a second man in Israeli jail were transferred into solitary confinement this week, a statement from the Gaza Ministry of Prisoners Affairs said Wednesday.

Accused by Israel of nine charges regarding activity in a terrorist organization, hundreds of counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and arms production offenses, Abu Sisi was indicted on April 4, after being abducted from a train in the Ukraine by Israeli intelligence and held at the Shikma prison in the southern port city of Ashkelon.

Abu Sisi's family, however, believe Dirar was abducted because he had been able to engineer a switch in fuel source for the Gaza Power Plant.

At the close of 2010, the Gaza Strip halted its import of Israeli industrial diesel, and initiated a trial-run using purified fuel brought in through smuggling tunnels from Egypt.

A second man, Murad Abu Irkab, from the West Bank city of Ramallah who is sentenced to 27 years in Israeli prison, was also moved into solitary confinement this week, the ministry statement said, adding that the move came with no explanation.