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Israel court approves conditional release of Sheikh Raed Salah

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (C) raises his hand as he appears in court on 5 July 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (C) raises his hand as he appears in court on 5 July 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

An Israeli court yesterday approved the conditional release of jailed Palestinian resistance icon Raed Salah, according to the latter’s lawyer.

“The decision was made at a hearing held today in the Israeli magistrate’s court in the northern city of Haifa,” lawyer Khaled Zbarqa told the Anadolu Agency.

Public prosecutors, however, have appealed the decision, which will likely delay Salah’s release, Zbarqa said.

“The appeal decision will be discussed tomorrow in court,” he added.

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The court imposed a number of conditions for Salah’s release including a ban on entering his hometown of Umm Al-Fahm and placed restrictions on his movement.

Salah is also banned from accessing tools of communication including telephones, the internet and social media sites.

Sheikh Salah was arrested from his house on 25 August 2017 and was indicted nine days later by the Israeli Public Prosecution. He was accused of 12 charges, including violating the law and inciting terror.

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