Administrative detention update: Halahleh and 13 others sentenced, PLC member’s detention extended

Palestinian MP Mohammed Bader
Palestinian MP Mohammed Bader

Occupation military courts renewed the administrative detention of Palestinian Legislative Council member Mohammed Bader for an additional six months on August 23. He was arrested in October 2013 and has spent over 10 years in occupation prisons through various arrests. This is the third time his detention without charge or trial has been renewed by occupation military courts. Bader is one of 36 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council currently imprisoned in Israeli occupation prisons.

Thaer Halahleh

Thaer Halahleh, former administrative detainee released after a long-term hunger strike until his recent re-arrest on August 19, was one of four Palestinians ordered to administrative detention on August 24 by occupation military courts without charge or trial. Halahleh, Mohammed Tal, and Suleiman Battat were ordered to six months detention each, while Thaer Abu Rmouz was ordered to four months detention.

In addition, the Palestinian Prisoners Society reported that the Ofer military court issued ten administrative detention orders on August 23. Since June 2014, the use of administrative detention has more than doubled and there are now over 470 Palestinians held without charge or trial under administrative detention orders in Israeli jails. Said Abu Tahoun, Hani al-Hawarin, Mohammed Harizat, Samer Jaradat and Bashir Omreh were given six-month detention orders.

Mahmoud Hroub, Yousef Walwil and Hamdi Abu Zeid were issued four-month detention orders. Ahmed Ibrahim was sentenced to a two-month detention order and Hashim Ibrahim to one month.

Bahauddin Fathi Yaish

All of these administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable and issued on the basis of secret evidence.

In addition, occupation authorities cancelled their previously expressed decision to end the administrative detention of Bahauddin Fathi Yaish, 54, of Nablus, and instead extended his detention for an additional 55 days. He has been detained without charge or trial since March 2013, and his detention has been repeatedly extended. He was scheduled for release on Tuesday, August 26, but now is held once more without charge or trial. Yaish is suffering from multiple diseases, including arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure, and is in poor health.