Monday, May 3, 2010

[wvns] Israel Kidnaps Lawyer Representing Jordanian Detainees

Israel Kidnaps Lawyer Representing Jordanian Detainees
By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies
April 26, 2010

Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Sunday Shereen Al Esawy, a lawyer representing Jordanian Detainees imprisoned in Israel. Al Esawy was kidnapped at a roadblock, near Jabal Al Mokabbir, in East Jerusalem.
The National Committee for Jordanian Prisoners and Missing Prisoners, stated that Shereen was moved to the Al Maskobiyya interrogation center, and added that the army also broke into her home and confiscated her laptop.

The Committee slammed the arrest and demanded international human rights groups to intervene and oblige Israel to release her as she is only performing her duty as a lawyer.

Several weeks ago, Israel barred Al Esawy from visiting the detainees she represents. Al Esawy was also prevented, several months ago, from entering Jordan for a conference about the detainees. The conference was held in Amman after Jordanian detainees in Israeli prisons held a hunger strike, but the Jordanian Authorities prevented her from crossing into the country.

The committee states on its website that there are currently 27 Jordanian detainees, including one woman, imprisoned by Israel. The woman, Ahlam Tamimi, was sentenced to 16 consecutive life-terms. Also detainee Abdullah Barghouthi was sentenced to 67 consecutive life-terms. The rest of the detainees were sentenced to different periods (between one year and several life-terms), the committee said.



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