Israel frees Palestinian former hunger-strikers

Palestinian protesters hold placards during a demonstration in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Samer al-Issawi, outside Kaplan hospital in Rehovot near Tel Aviv April 22, 2013.

An Israeli military appeals court on Thursday ordered the release of two Palestinian prisoners held without trial since November, who had staged a three-month hunger strike, a prisoners’ rights group said.

Sarahna Amani, a spokesman for the Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners’ Club told AFP that Jaafar Ezzeddine and Tariq Qaadan would be freed on May 8.

The men ended a 90-day fast in February after being promised a hearing on their case.

Under what Israel calls “administrative detention” suspects can be imprisoned without trial by order of a military court. Such orders can be renewed indefinitely for six months at a time.

Israeli news Website NRG quoted Ezzeddine and Qaadan’s lawyer as saying that their initial six-month term was due to expire on May 22 but they feared that it would be extended and therefore launched their protest fast and legal campaign.

(Source / 02.05.2013)

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