SFP has heard from Shadi and Ayman’s lawyer and understands that despite a Court hearing scheduled for yesterday, the Israeli occupation delayed the hearing to a further date. The Judge advised the lawyer to negotiate with the prosecution over a suitable punishment for the two men. This is despite the fact their is no evidence to substantiate the soldiers claims they were assaulted, and as observed by an international present in Court last week, it was clear Shadi had been assaulted.
On Thursday 16 January 2014 Shadi and Ayman’s lawyer will meet with the prosecution at Salem Military Court, prior to their hearing at Ofer the following Monday, 20 January. By Monday Shadi and Ayman will have been held in prison for over 4 weeks. Including Shadi’s obvious pain from the assault by the soldiers, he also suffers from epilepsy. Neither his injuries or epilepsy have been properly treated, with only paracetamol prescribed by prison doctors.
The two men were collecting firewood in an area called Alzawya near Qalqliya, when they were kidnapped by the Israeli Army. The two men were accused of assaulting the soldiers, despite no evidence to support this.
Palestinians are regularly kidnapped from Palestine and accused without any evidence, or ‘secret’ evidence their lawyers are regularly not allowed to see. They are often forced to accept conditions, and defacto guilt, to secure their freedom, and the Apartheid military system is heavily weighted against them and operates under a complete lack of rule of law.
SFP will continue to support all Palestinian prisoners and work for their immediate and safe release. We kindly ask all our friends to urgently write to their respective representatives demanding Shadi and Ayman’s release along with all prisoners. And we encourage our Palestinian brothers and sisters to join us in resisting the illegal occupation of our land.