Israel orders resistance figure's conditional release

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

JERUSALEM (AA) – An Israeli court on Friday ordered the conditional release of jailed Palestinian resistance icon Raed Salah, according to the latter’s lawyer.

“The decision was made at a hearing held today in the Israeli magistrate’s court in the northern city of Haifa,” lawyer Khaled Zbarqa told Anadolu Agency.

“This is the second time within the past 24 hours that the court has held a hearing [in Salah’s case],” Zabrqa said.

“On Thursday, the court approved Salah’s [conditional] release, but the move was delayed after public prosecutors challenged the decision,” he added.

According to Friday’s court decision, Salah will remain under house arrest in Kafr Kanna, an Arab town in northern Israel.

Salah will face additional restrictions, including a ban on communicating with the public or media, his lawyer explained.

In March, the magistrate’s court preliminarily approved Salah’s conditional release, but the decision was overturned following an appeal lodged by the public prosecutor’s office.

The conditions imposed on Salah’s release include a ban on entering his hometown of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, along with additional restrictions on his movement.

Last summer, Israeli police arrested Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, before convicting him of “inciting violence” and throwing him into solitary confinement.

In February, a court in the southern city of Beersheba slapped the prominent resistance icon with a further six months in isolation.