Israel extends Attoun’s detention, court hearing delayed

23:00 Sep 29 2011 Jerusalem

The detention of Palestinian parliamentarian Ahmad Attoun was extended until 3 October by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court today, with the session delayed for Attoun’s defence team to prepare its case. Attoun’s lawyer Fadi Qawasmeh stated that the state prosecution presented a list of charges against his client at today’s session, including allegations of having entered the Occupied Territories.

The prosecution also requested an extension of Attoun’s detention until all legal proceedings are concluded.

Attoun is reported to remain in high spirit, though he continues to suffer physical pain from injuries sustained during his arrest. Qawasmeh stated that his client was admitted to Bekoor Holeem Hospital yesterday, and was then returned to his cell in the Russian Compound after a medical assessment.

Attoun was arrested by undercover Israeli agents at the IHRC center in East Jerusalem earlier this week, where he had taken shelter for over a year alongside two other parliamentarians, all facing deportation from Jerusalem when Israeli authorities revoked their Jerusalem residency status.
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