Father of slain Palestinian attacker released from Israeli custody

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Prison Service released Palestinian prisoner, Abd al-Salam Abu Ghazaleh, on Tuesday after holding the man under administrative detention for three months, Palestinian sources said.Abu Ghazaleh was detained shortly after his son, Thaer, was shot dead on Oct. 8 after carrying out a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.He had since been held without charge or trial under Israel’s administrative detention policy. On Oct. 19, Israel’s magistrate court had initially ruled to release Abu Ghazaleh after interrogating him for several hours about “revenge statements” he had supposedly made after his son’s death, however the prosecution challenged the order and presented an appeal to the central court.Palestinian sources added that Israeli authorities have continued to withold the body of Abu Ghazaleh’s son. Detaining family members of alleged Palestinian attackers is common practice in Israel’s judicial system, as is issuing demolition orders for family homes of Palestinians detained or killed by Israeli forces.

The practice has been utilized more often since the latest wave of upheaval sparked in October.
(Source / 19.01.2016)

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