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The Israeli military court at Ofer will issue a decision on the case of Nael Barghouthi, the longest-held Palestinian prisoner on Wednesday, 22 February, reported Barghouthi’s wife Iman Nafie in Asra Voice. This decision will come in response to the appeal by the Israeli occupation military prosecution of Barghouthi’s imprisonment for 30 months – a sentence that expired on 17 December 2016.
Barghouthi, 59, has spent 36 years in Israeli prison. Originally serving a life sentence, he was released in 2011 with over 1,000 fellow Palestinian prisoners as part of the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange. In 2014, he was swept up by occupation forces with dozens of fellow former prisoners in an attempt to pressure Palestinian resistance organizations. Under Israeli military order 1651 and in violation of the release agreement, re-arrested former prisoners can have their original sentences reinstated by a military committee on the basis of secret evidence, to which both the Palestinian prisoner and their lawyers are denied access.
While dozens of former prisoners had their full sentences reimposed by this military committee, Barghouthi was sentenced to 30 months in Israeli prison. However, in 2015, his sentence was appealed by the Israeli military prosecution, which seeks to reimpose his life sentence. Since his 30-month sentence expired on 17 December 2016, he and his family have been struggling for his release; instead, however, he has been transferred between prisons on multiple occasions and denied release while the occupation prosecution’s appeal is pending.
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network are joining in this urgent call for action to pressure Israel to release Nael Barghouthi, being held as a political hostage by the Israeli government.
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