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Prisoner society challenges Barghouthi confession report

April 21, 2012 4:59 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2012 12:11 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society Qadura Fares said Saturday that Israeli media reports on the interrogation of Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi failed to prove he confessed to any charge.

Israeli daily Haaretz on Friday reported that records of the leader's questioning by Israeli internal security service Shin Bet show Barghouti giving partial confessions of his awareness of attacks on Israelis, and late President Yasser Arafat's tacit acceptance of attacks.

Barghouthi -- a revered political figure and former presidential candidate -- was convicted by Israel of five counts of murder in 2004, but refused to present a defense, saying the trial was illegitimate.

Fares on Sunday questioned the timing and content of the Haaretz report, ten years after the interrogation took place.

"The Israeli security services, which failed to make Barghouthi give any confessions during four months of interrogation using the ugliest ways of psychological and physical torture, come today with false claims and baseless lies," Fares said.

"If there were such confessions, the Israelis would have disseminated them at that time, and they would have used them for political gains," he added.

"I challenge any Israeli service to show any document or paper of any kind signed by Marwan Barghouthi."
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