Occupied West Financial institution – Two of the 4 re-arrested Palestinian political prisoners have advised their attorneys they’re being subjected to bodily and psychological abuse and torture by Israeli interrogators, within the first assembly they’d with them since being taken into custody final week.
Attorneys Khaled and Ruslan Mahajneh from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Fee of Detainees Affairs defence crew met individually with Mohammed and Mahmoud al-Ardah on Wednesday, after Israeli intelligence companies lifted the ban on the prisoners’ entry to their attorneys 5 days after their re-arrest.
Khaled Mahajneh gave an emotional interview to Palestine TV as he left Jalama Detention Heart after seeing his shopper Mohammed al-Ardah, who he stated is being disadvantaged of meals, sleep and medical care whereas enduring intensive rounds of interrogation.
“Mohammed has undergone, and continues to be present process, a really troublesome journey of torture,” stated Khaled. “Upon his rearrest, Mohammed was taken to the Nazareth interrogation centre, the place he was interrogated in a really ugly manner.
“There have been about 20 intelligence interrogators in a really small room who stripped him of all his garments, together with his undergarments, and compelled him to stay bare for a number of hours. They gave him a scarf later to cowl his genitals, after which transferred him to Jalama interrogation centre.”
‘Cuts and scratches’
The lawyer stated Israeli forces beat Mohammed throughout his arrest. “His head was crushed to the bottom and he’s now injured above his proper eye. He has not acquired the medical therapy he wants till this second. He suffers from cuts and scratches throughout his physique, as a result of escape try and the Israeli forces’ manhunt for him and Zakaria Zubaidi.”
Israeli authorities introduced the rearrest of Mahmoud Abdullah al-Ardah, 46, and Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri, 49, on the southern outskirts of Nazareth late on Friday. Zakaria Zubeidi, 46 and Mohammed al-Ardah, 39, had been arrested close by early on Saturday, within the Palestinian village of Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam. The 4 are being held and interrogated in Jalama.
They had been amongst six males – together with Ayham Nayef Kamanji, 35, and Munadel Infaat, 26, whose whereabouts stay unknown – who broke out of Israel’s Gilboa jail at daybreak on September 6.
‘Round the clock interrogations’
Khaled Mahajneh stated six Israeli interrogators stood behind Mohammed al-Ardah, whose legs and arms had been shackled, throughout their assembly. The lawyer stated he repeatedly requested for the shackles to be faraway from Mohammed’s arms at the very least, however the officers refused.
In response to Khaled, Mohammed was not given meals till 4 days after being rearrested, and has not slept for greater than 10 hours due to consecutive rounds of interrogation.
“He has been present process round the clock interrogation since Saturday… He’s being interrogated within the late evening and early morning hours,” stated Khaled. “He doesn’t see the solar, or mild, or the wind. After I met with him, he requested me whether or not it was afternoon – he didn’t understand it was midnight.”
The lawyer stated Mohammed is being held in a cell “that doesn’t exceed 2 by 1square metres”, lives “below 24-hour surveillance”, and is being “interrogated by 10 officers daily”.
In a separate interview, lawyer Ruslan Mahajneh, who met with Mahmoud al-Ardah the identical evening, stated the detainee advised him he was present process round the clock interrogation.
And, in line with a press release by the PA Fee, lawyer Avigdor Feldman met with Zakaria Zubaidi at midday on Wednesday.
“It was discovered that the prisoner Zubaidi was crushed and abused throughout his arrest with the prisoner Mohammed al-Ardah, inflicting him a damaged jaw and two damaged ribs,” the Fee stated.
Zubaidi, the assertion continued, “was transferred to an Israeli hospital and was given painkillers after the arrest” and he “suffers from bruises and scratches throughout his physique because of the beatings and abuse”.
Whereas the Israeli Supreme Courtroom outlawed using torture in 1999, interrogators – significantly the intelligence companies – have continued to make use of violence in opposition to Palestinian detainees, which courts have retroactively sanctioned. The 4 prisoners are present process interrogation by the Israeli intelligence companies in cooperation with Lahav 443 unit of the police, which attorneys say may final for as much as 45 days.
The prisoners appeared individually on Saturday earlier than the Israeli Justice of the Peace Courtroom in Nazareth, which determined to increase their detention till September 19 to “full the investigation”.
On the courtroom listening to on Saturday, in line with the PA Fee, a number of preliminary expenses had been introduced in opposition to the 4: “Escape, aiding and abetting in an escape, conspiracy to commit an assault, and membership in a hostile organisation and offering companies to it.”
Khaled Mahajneh advised Al Jazeera after the listening to that authorities refused to supply details about the “conspiring to commit an assault” allegation, claiming the file is secret.
In his interview with Palestine TV, Khaled stated Mohammed al-Ardah is “totally rejecting the safety allegations that the intelligence try to position on him”. Mohammed reportedly advised Khaled he “may have performed something within the 5 days” he was free, however he “looked for freedom, and sought to stroll on the streets of occupied 1948 Palestine.”
Underneath worldwide legislation, a prisoner of battle who escapes from jail “shall be liable solely to a disciplinary punishment”, that means no further years needs to be added to their preliminary sentence, even when it’s a repeated try.
In earlier incidents the place Palestinian prisoners escaped from Israeli prisons and had been re-arrested, a number of confronted punitive measures comparable to lengthy intervals in solitary confinement however didn’t obtain longer sentences, in line with attorneys.
Most Palestinians view detainees in Israeli prisons, which quantity 4,650 Palestinians together with 200 youngsters and 520 administrative detainees held with out trial or expenses, as political prisoners who’re in detention due to the Israeli navy occupation or their resistance to it.
Earlier than breaking out of the jail, 4 of the six prisoners had been serving life sentences, whereas two had been being held in detention awaiting navy trial.
These sentenced had been arrested between 1996 and 2006 and had been convicted of finishing up assaults in opposition to Israeli navy and civilian targets. 5 of them are affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, whereas one is a senior member of the armed wing of Fatah, a Palestinian group that dominates the PA.
After the prisoners escaped via a tunnel that opened up just a few metres past the jail wall, Israeli forces launched an infinite manhunt to seek for them and arrested a few of their relations.