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Hamas rejects rights group report on PA prisoner death

Aug. 20, 2009 6:23 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2009 12:43 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – The report on the death of Hamas member Fadi Hamadneh in Palestinian Authority (PA) custody conducted by the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq was “rushed and full of gaps,” Hamas officials said on Thursday.

Hamadneh died in the PA's Juneid in Nablus prison on or before 10 August. Following the death PA police said the 27-year-old man had hung himself. Following the death Hamadneh’s family demanded an investigation, saying their son would have under no circumstances committed suicide. Hamas alleged that Hamdaneh died after being tortured by PA agents.

The Al-Haq investigation detailed accounts of the discovery of the young man’s death and the process that followed including the family’s refusal to have an autopsy performed. Al-Haq published their report in Arabic on Tuesday.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that the report of overlooking the medical examiners note that cut glass was found in Hamadneh’s stomach, and of failing to follow up on lab results conducted at the An-Najah university forensics lab.

The spokesperson also reiterated Hamas view that PA intelligence services of were responsible for Hamadneh’s death.
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