Researcher Gives Statistics on Prisoners to be Released

GAZA, August 12, 2013 (WAFA) – The official list of prisoners to be released on Tuesday published by the Israel Prison Service included 26 prisoners, all held since before the Oslo agreement signed in 1993 with the exception of one prisoner arrested in 2001, a researcher on prisoners said Monday.

Abdul Nasser Farawneh, director of the Department of Statistics at the Ministry of Prisoners, said the list included the names of 15 prisoners from the Gaza Strip and 11 from the West Bank and they come from various nationalist and Islamic factions including Fatah, who make up the majority of those to be released in the first stage, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

The list does not include any one from East Jerusalem or from inside Israel.

Farawneh said 17 prisoners were serving life terms while the remaining nine were serving sentences ranging from 20 to 25 years, which means they have less than five years left in their sentence, including one prisoner with four-and-a-half years, one with three years, two with two years and five with several months.

Among the prisoners, 19 have been held for 20 years and over, among them four have been held for 23 years, another has been held for 24 years, one held for 28 years and six have been held for between 19 and 20 years.

One of the prisoners to be released was arrested in 1985, four arrested in 1989, three arrested in 1990, one in 1991, two in 1992, eight in 1993, six in 1994 and one prisoner was arrested in 2001.

Among the prisoners, 22 were between 40 and 55 years of age and four less than 40 years. Nine are married and the rest not married. In addition, five prisoners were less than 18 years when they were arrested and 11 prisoners had spent time in prison more than they spent outside.

source : WAFA NEWS