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Israeli court sentences elected legislators

February 17, 2014 at 1:49 am

Israel’s notorious Ofer Military Court has sentenced four Palestinian elected legislators from the occupied West Bank to various terms of imprisonment.
Fares Abu Hassan, a lawyer for the International Solidarity for Human Rights Organisation, said that the court refused to reduce the detention time handed down to Palestinian Legislative Council Deputy for the city of Nablus, Yasser Mansour. He was sentenced to six months in “administrative detention” to allow for the possibility of this being converted into a genuine case against him. The trial of Qalqiliya Deputy Emad Nawfal was postponed until Thursday coming as was that of Fethi al-Hayek.

Abu Hassan added that the court decided to transfer the detention of the Deputy for the city of Tulkarem, Fethi al-Qaraawi, into a six-month administrative detention at the same time that it decided to release Deputy Riad Radad after he had petitioned the court.

The Israeli occupation forces detained the four Hamas deputies ten days ago against the backdrop of their participation in West Bank demonstrations held in solidarity with the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip during the recent Israeli offensive.