‘Israeli intelligence torturing Palestinian prisoners’: Legal professionals




Occupied West Financial institution – Two of the 4 re-arrested Palestinian political prisoners have informed 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.

Legal professionals Khaled and Ruslan Mahajneh from the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Fee of Detainees Affairs defence workforce met individually with Mohammed and Mahmoud al-Ardah on Wednesday, after Israeli intelligence providers 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 Middle after seeing his consumer 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 means.

“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 remedy he wants till this second. He suffers from cuts and scratches throughout his physique, because of the 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 keeping with 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 night time and early morning hours,” stated Khaled. “He doesn’t see the solar, or gentle, or the wind. Once 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 “underneath 24-hour surveillance”, and is being “interrogated by 10 officers on daily basis”.

In a separate interview, lawyer Ruslan Mahajneh, who met with Mahmoud al-Ardah the identical night time, stated the detainee informed him he was present process round the clock interrogation.

And, in accordance with a statement 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 on account of the beatings and abuse”.

Whereas the Israeli Supreme Courtroom outlawed the use of torture in 1999, interrogators – notably the intelligence providers – 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 providers in cooperation with Lahav 443 unit of the police, which attorneys say might 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”.

Trial proceedings

On the court docket listening to on Saturday, in accordance with the PA Fee, a number of preliminary costs had been offered 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 providers to it.”

Khaled Mahajneh told Al Jazeera after the listening to that authorities refused to offer 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 are attempting to position on him”. Mohammed reportedly informed Khaled  he “might have accomplished something within the 5 days” he was free, however he “looked for freedom, and sought to stroll on the streets of occupied 1948 Palestine.”

Below worldwide regulation, a prisoner of conflict who escapes from jail “shall be liable solely to a disciplinary punishment”, which means no further years must 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 similar to lengthy durations in solitary confinement however didn’t obtain longer sentences, in accordance with attorneys.

Most Palestinians view detainees in Israeli prisons, which quantity 4,650 Palestinians together with 200 kids and 520 administrative detainees held with out trial or costs, as political prisoners who’re in detention due to the Israeli army 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 army trial.

These sentenced had been arrested between 1996 and 2006 and had been convicted of finishing up assaults in opposition to Israeli army 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 by a tunnel that opened up a couple of metres past the jail wall, Israeli forces launched an unlimited manhunt to seek for them and arrested a few of their members of the family.