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Formerly "wanted" Fatah-affiliated fighters appeal for release

July 25, 2009 9:46 P.M. (Updated: July 27, 2009 8:56 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – A number of former members of the armed wing of Fatah have appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas to wrap up their cases and release them from prison, according to a statement on Saturday.

Israel and the PA initiated the amnesty deals in 2007. Under the agreement, former Palestinian militiamen agreed to turn in their weapons and spend time in prison, under house arrest, or on probation. In exchange, Israel and the PA promised that they would not be arrested or assassinated.

But several former members of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, from Jenin and Qalqiliya, said on Saturday that their cases have carried on years longer than they should have.

According to the former "wanted" fighters, they have been jailed seven times the agreed-upon length, and have not received benefits generally provided by the Ministry of Interior to other prisoners. The fighters demanded that their allowances be paid and threatened to carry out protests if their demands were not met.

The former militants who were detained in Qalqiliya were identified as follows:

1. Mujeeb Ahmad Mansour, detained two years

2. Jihad Mohammad Al-A’slawi detained two years

3. Ayman Khaled Noufal deatined two years

4. Shadi Abed Al-Latif Jum’a, detained a year and a half

5. Naser Aqal Radwan, detained 10 months

6. Shadi Abed Al-Hadi, detained 15 months

7. Mahmoud Nimer Metwali, detained 15 months

8. Abdallah Mohammad Samhan, detained 15 months

9. Samir Hassan Thiab, detained ten months

10. Baha’ Ad-Din Anwar Abu Kahlil, detained seven months

11. Ahmad Walid Radwan, detained ten months

12. Wael Mohammad Jbarah

13. Akram Abed Al-Karim Ishtewie

14. Sari Rebhi Radwan

15. Ahmad Hasen Jarbu

Meanwhile, the Al-Aqsa Brigades appealed to President Abbas to wrap up the issue of similar prisoners in Jenin, and to release them from PA detention centers or transfer them to the original site in which they were once held in Ramallah.

It also issued an appeal to publicize the former fighters' plight and those of other fighters once listed on the Israeli military's "wanted" lists. The group insisted it was not a party to lawlessness in the Palestinian territories and said that it on the contrary helps the PA's security departments maintain law and order.
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