Longest-serving Palestinian prisoner transferred to Gilboa prison


The longest-serving Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi, 59, has been transferred from Raymond prison to Gilboa prison, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) revealed.

The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has recently transferred Barghouthi for more than four times between Israeli prisons.

Barghouthi is the longest-held Palestinian political prisoner as he has been imprisoned for 36 years in Israeli jails.

Along with over 1,000 fellow prisoners, he was released in 2011 as part of the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange deal.

While he got married after his release and returned to his normal life, in 2014, he was re-arrested along with other former prisoners in a series of arrests in flagrant violation of the prisoners exchange deal.

He was then sentenced to 30 months which he had finished on December 17, 2016.

However, Israeli authorities kept him jailed pending the response of the military objection committee to the attorney general’s appeal calling for applying the same old verdict against him for a life sentence and 18 additional years.

Last week, Israeli military court of Ofer refused to release Barghouthi pending the issuance of the appeals committee’s decision.

(Source / 11.01.2017)

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