Israel releases Palestinian prisoner after 27 year incarceration

Palestinian fighter Ibrahim Baroud kisses his mother following his release from an Israeli jail after being detained for 27 years, as he arrives home to the Jabaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, on 8 April 2013.

Israel released a Palestinian on Monday after a 27-year incarceration for his affiliation with a militant Palestinian organization, Ma’an news agency reported.

Ibrahim Baroud, 51, returned to Gaza early Monday morning after completing his full sentence, which included seven years in solitary confinement.

Baroud was first arrested in 1983 – his mother Ghalia Baroud said in a March interview with French newspaper Le Monde – before being sentenced in 1986 by an Israeli military court for belonging to Islamic Jihad and allegedly carrying out attacks against Israel.

Baroud’s mother had said that she was barred from visiting her son for 14 years for “security reasons” which were never revealed to her.

“All Palestinians are dangerous for them (Israelis),” she told Le Monde.

During a meeting in Ramallah with US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that the release of Palestinian prisoners – especially those detained since before the 1993 Oslo Accords, like Baroud – was a necessary precondition to resume peace talks with Israel.

Prisoners rights organization Addameer says 111 Palestinians imprisoned before the Oslo Accords were still in Israeli custody as of September 2012, nearly two decades after the signing of the agreement.

At least 4,800 Palestinians remained behind bars in Israel, the group said in a February 2013 report.

(Source / 08.04.2013)

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