Ministry: Prisoners refuse visits to protest shackling
Published Monday 21/05/2012 (updated) 27/05/2012 00:48
Prisoners Hasan Salameh and Ahmad al-Mughrabi say they are shackled by
the hands and feet during family visits and meetings with lawyers.
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian prisoners who left solitary confinement under the hunger-strike deal are refusing visits from their lawyer in protest against ongoing restrictions by Israeli prison authorities, a PA ministry said Sunday.
Ministry of Prisoners Affairs lawyer Rami al-Alami said Hasan Salameh and Ahmad al-Mughrabi refused to meet him in an Israeli jail, as they still receive worse treatment than other prisoners despite the deal.
The prisoners complain they are shackled by the hands and feet during family visits and meetings with lawyers, the ministry said.
Al-Mughrabi, from Duheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem, was held in solitary confinement for ten years, and Salameh, from the Gaza Strip, spent 12 years in solitary confinement.
Under the deal to end a mass hunger strike in Israeli jails signed by prisoners a week ago, Israel agreed to release all detainees from held in isolation cells, officials said.
Israel also agreed to provide a list of accusations to administrative detainees, or release them at the end of their term, to lift a ban on family visits for detainees from the Gaza Strip, and revoke the "Shalit law."
The "Shalit law" restricted prisoners' access to families and to educational materials as punishment for the five-year captivity of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Shalit was freed in October in a prisoner swap agreement.