Military Court Postpones Decision on Detained Academic

RAMALLAH, August 28, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli military court at Ofer, near Ramallah, postponed Wednesday a decision on the incarceration of the academic, Ahmad Qatamesh, and gave his attorney and the prosecution two weeks to agree on a deal regarding his arrest, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Club (PPC).

Israel arrested Qatamesh, 62, a known university instructor and author from Ramallah, in April 2011 and kept him in jail since then under administrative detention claiming he was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Attorney Jawad Boulus, head of the legal unit in the PPC, rejected the Israeli military claims for keeping Qatamesh under prolonged detention without charge or trial and said the military judge has also questioned the long detention.

Boulus said the judge made reference to an Israeli Supreme Court decision made a month ago calling for a way out for this issue and therefore called on the two parties to reach a deal within two weeks.

He said the Supreme Court said very clearly that the party responsible for renewing the administrative detention of Qatamesh is the head of the General Intelligence Service, but the military prosecutor insists on keeping him in jail under all kinds of pretexts.

source:WAFA NEWS