Decision to release prisoner who finished sentence retracted; other detentions extended

12:00 Aug 9 2011 Negev prison

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation authorities have retracted a decision to release prisoner Alaa Tahir Samar, 28, from Jenin governorate, after his eight-year prison term came to an end a few days ago.

Sources among prisoners in the Negev prison said Samar was informed that he would be released on Thursday. The prison administration has yet to give a reason why it has taken back the decision.

Prisoners deem the move as part of a psychological warfare in response to a farewell ceremony that prisoners launched ahead of Samar’s release.

In a separate development, an Israeli court sentenced Monday Hamas leader and former Aqaba mayor Mustafa Saeed Abu Arra to six months in administrative detention after the public prosecutor failed to pin an indictment on him.

He was arrested on 29 July in an intense incursion on Aqaba town, which lies south of Jenin in the West Bank, after a search raid on his home, the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights has reported.

It has been one year since Abu Arra has been released from spending two years in administrative prior to his recent arrest.

Meanwhile, Amjad Beshkar, from the Askar refugee camp east of Nablus, has been sentenced to a second term of six months in administrative detention, the ISFHR added.

The Ofer military court has thrown out the extension and is working on preparing an indictment, but it is expected that the Israeli intelligence agency will appeal the court’s decision in the next few days.

Beshkar was arrested in May at the Beit Furik checkpoint east of Nablus just two days after he was released by the Palestinian Authority security agencies.
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