Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Attorney Objects to Appearance of Striking Prisoner in Two Courts

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA 
 JERUSALEM, January 16, 2013 (WAFA) – An attorney representing hunger striking prisoner Samer Issawi objected Wednesday to the appearance of his client in two different courts on the same charges and asked the judge at the Jerusalem District Court to allow Issawi’s appearance in only one court, according to relatives of Issawi.

The judge rejected the request and set February 5 as the date when the District Court will review the state charges against the striking prisoner.

Issawi was arrested on charges of entering the West Bank in alleged violation of an agreement following his release on October 18, 2011 in a prisoners exchange deal between Hamas and Israel.

He appears at the Jerusalem District Court, which tries Issawi because he is a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, and he also appears for the same charges at a military court in Ofer prison and army camp near Ramallah.

Issawi went on hunger strike in August to protest his re-arrest following his release in the exchange.

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