‘Israel’ to charge 5 Palestinian prisoners with aiding Gilbou’s six breakers

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli prosecutors said on Wednesday that they intended to indict Gilbou’s six breakers who managed to free themselves from a high-security Israeli prison, as well as five other inmates suspected of helping them.

“As part of the investigation, five inmates from Gilboa Prison were suspected of cooperating and helping the six prisoners escape,” the Israeli police said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors filed their intent to indict the 11 prisoners — the first step ahead of pressing formal charges — with the Nazareth Court on Wednesday.

Last Friday, Public Security Minister Omer Barlev announced the makeup of a government commission to investigate the break.

The Israel Police and Shin Bet security service announced the end of their investigation into the prison break.

However, an Israeli commission will continue to investigate the break and the potential failures by the prison staff, the Israel Prisons Service and other government offices that may have contributed to it.

Such a prison break exposed a series of lapses at the prison, including a failure to learn lessons from previous break attempts and several operational blunders such as unmanned watchtowers and sleeping guards.

Six Palestinian prisoners managed to liberate themselves on September 6 2021, from Gilbou prison, a high-security Israeli prison, through a secret tunnel they had reportedly dug beneath the prison.

Such a heroic act was a shock for the world as Gilbou prison is deemed Israel’s most secured facility and it has been described as a “bank safe”.

Four of the six breakers were rearrested by the Israeli occupation on September 11, after five days of large-scale sweep operations throughout occupied Palestine using high-tech systems and the two others were rearrested on September 19, after 13 days of sweep operations.

The six prisoners were identified as:

Mahmoud Arda, 46 years old, from Arraba town in Jenin, imprisoned since 1996, sentenced to a life and 15 years and belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Mohammad Arda, 39 years old, from Arraba town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2002, sentenced to life and belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Yaaqob Qadri, 49 years old, from Beir al-Basha town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2003, sentenced to a life and belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Ayham Kamanji, 35 years old, from Kufr Dan town in Jenin, imprisoned since 2006, sentenced to life and belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement.

Zakaria Zubaidi, 46 years old, from Jenin refugee camp, imprisoned since 2019, was not sentenced, and is a former commander of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

Munadel Infeiat, 26 years old, from Yabad town in Jenin and imprisoned since 2019, was not sentenced and belonged to the Islamic Jihad movement.

(Source / 29.09.2021)

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