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Israel court delays approval of conditional release of Raed Salah

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (2nd L) appears in court after he was taken under custody on the grounds that he allegedly provoked and supported an illegal association, in Rishon Lezion, Israel on 14 August , 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]
Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (2nd L) appears in court after he was taken under custody on the grounds that he allegedly provoked and supported an illegal association, in Rishon Lezion, Israel on 14 August , 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

An Israeli court yesterday postponed the conditional release of Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, for two days, Felesteen.ps reported.

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel

Poster of Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel

Salah’s lawyer Khalid Zabarqeh said: “The court justified the delay by saying it was still awaiting a report from Israeli prison services about the electronic wristband Salah would have to wear once he was conditionally freed.”

He added: “We believe, however, that the Israeli authorities are intentionally dragging their feet on the issue of his release.”

Early this month, the Israeli Magistrate Court in Haifa announced the release of Sheikh Raed Salah on condition of house arrest.

Israeli occupation police arrested Sheikh Salah from his house in his hometown of Umm Al-Fahm in August. He was convicted of “inciting violence” and then placed in solitary confinement. In February, an Israeli court ruled Salah must serve an additional six months in isolation.

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