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Israel court postpones decision on conditional release of Sheikh 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 military court in the northern city of Haifa postponed on Sunday its decision on the conditional release of Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement, until Thursday, media sources said.

Journalists attending the session told Anadolu correspondent that the court announced the postponement during a hearing to discuss a request filed by Sheikh Salah lawyer to release him under house arrest.

They noted that the hearing took place after completing all procedures to inspect the house where Salah will be released in the event of his release in Kafr Kanna, in the Lower Galilee, in northern Israel.

According to the journalists, the Haifa Magistrate’s Court also discussed a report submitted by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) on Sheikh Salah behavior during his detention period.

The Israeli police arrested Sheikh Raed Salah from his home in the northern city of Umm al-Fahm in mid-August 2017. He was charged with 12 counts of incitement to violence and terrorism as well as supporting a banned organization in reference to the Islamic Movement.

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