Israel extends detention of Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri

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The Franco-Palestinian human rights defender Salah Hamouri remains in prison, after Israel’s decision to extend his sentence, on the night of Sunday June 5 to Monday June 6. While this lawyer had been sentenced last March to three months of administrative detention, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs had requested the release of Salah Hamouri at the end of April, “ so that he can lead a normal life in Jerusalem, where he was born and where he resides “.

With our correspondent in Jerusalem, Sami Boukhelifa

Without judgement, without charge, the detention of Salah Hamouri in Israel, is based on a secret file. Neither he nor even his lawyers can consult him, as stipulated by the ” administrative detention “. This controversial measure allows the Jewish state’s military justice system to incarcerate suspects without formal charges. If its maximum duration is six months, it is renewable indefinitely.

Cumulatively, some Palestinians have spent up to 15 years behind bars “, denounces the Club of Palestinian prisoners, contacted by RFI. This is a clear violation of international law », Regrets this civil organization for the defense of Palestinian detainees imprisoned in Israel.

Compelling security reasons »

In fact, international law authorizes the use of administrative detention if it is justified by “ compelling security reasons “. But ” the Jewish state uses it in an abusive way “explains the president of the Palestinian Prisoners Club.

Salah Hamouri, 37, is considered by the Israeli authorities as a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP): it is a Marxist organization, classified terrorist by the Jewish State and the European Union.

The human rights activist had previously been imprisoned between 2005 and 2011 in Israel for participating in the attempted assassination of an Israeli religious and political leader.

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