BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Following an exclusive interview Ma'an TV aired with a Bethlehem fugitive who has been sentenced to life in absentia, Murad Abu Mahamid (better known as Murad al-Jaddal) turned himself in to Palestinian security in the presence of cameras.
Abu Mahamid said he was ready for a just trial for any charges except those related to clash between rival clans between two semi-Bedouin tribes living in the eastern Bethlehem area in the southern West Bank.
Al-Jaddal insisted that all other charges "have been fabricated."
The former fugitive, who was previously hiding in the woods between east Bethlehem and the Dead Sea, requested that Palestinian lawmaker Muhammad Lahham play the middleman and take him to the Palestinian security in his own car.
After hours of negotiations and coordination with security services under the supervision of the PA minister of interior Said Abu Ali, Murad al-Jaddal turned himself in at 3 a.m. The minister promised to make sure the suspect was interrogated in a civilized way according to the law. Ma'an TV cameras were on site and filmed the process.
The former fugitive arrived at offices of the Palestinian preventive security in Bethlehem in the presence of the commander of Bethlehem district Suleiman Qandil, police chief Alaa Shalabi, commander of the district's preventive security services Hijazi al-Jaabari, commander of the military intelligence Fadl Khalawi, and a group of homicide detectives.
Lawmaker Lahham told Ma'an that Palestinian law "is capable of solving any problem, no matter how complicated it is, and fleeing only creates more crises."
He added that there are "prudent judiciaries, lawmen and clan dignitaries who can prevent any unrest and save people's blood."