04 August 2022

Amnesty Calls on Occupation Authorities to Immediately Release Palestinian Prisoner Ahmad Manasra

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Occupied Jerusalem, August 04 (QNA) - Amnesty International called on the Israeli occupation authorities on Wednesday to immediately release the young Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Manasra.
Responding to the decision by the Israeli Prison Service to renew the solitary confinement of Ahmad Manasra, a Palestinian prisoner who has developed serious mental health problems since his arrest as a child seven years ago, Amnesty Internationals Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Heba Morayef said.
"It is outrageous that the Israeli authorities have renewed Ahmad Manasras spell in solitary confinement. Continuing to detain Ahmad Manasra in such inhumane conditions is a callous act of injustice. Ahmad has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is severely depressed." On Wednesday the Israeli Prison Service rejected a request to move Manasra out of solitary confinement at Eshel prison. There will be a further hearing regarding his solitary conditions at Beersheba District Court on 16 August.
"Ahmad Manasra was just 13 years old when he was arrested," she said, adding "The Israeli authorities must immediately revoke their decision to renew his solitary confinement, and urgently release him from detention." Manasra was arrested in October 2015 over the stabbing of two Israelis in Pisgat Zeev. He was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to nine years and five months in prison despite being only 13 years old at the time of his arrest and the court finding that he did not take part in the stabbings. He was also questioned with no lawyer or a parent present and subjected to alleged torture or other ill-treatment during the interrogation. (QNA)

Keywords

General, Arab Affairs, Palestine
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