Israeli court extends detention of 3 Jerusalemite prisoners
Published Thursday 10/04/2014 (updated) 12/04/2014 15:14
Shireen Issawi at a protest in an undated photo (MaanImages/file)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court on Thursday evening extended the detention of three people from Jerusalem until April 29, including two prominent siblings of famed Palestinian hunger striking prisoner Samer Issawi.
A lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner's society Mufeed al-Hajj said that the detentions of lawyers Amjad al-Safadi and Shireen Issawi, as well as Medhat Issawi, were extended after the court listened to the arguments of the prosecution.
Al-Hajj said that the detentions were extended in order to allow time for their statements of defense.
Israeli forces detained Shireen and Medhat Issawi in March, only months after their brother was released from prison.
Issawi was released from Israeli jail in December as part of an agreement in which he ended a 266-day hunger strike, during which time he became an international cause célèbre who focused attention on the plight of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
Issawi's hunger strike was one of the longest in history, and brought him close to death.