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Jenin theater says PA arrest of director unlawful

June 7, 2012 10:16 P.M. (Updated: June 8, 2012 2:35 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's arrest of the Jenin Freedom Theatre's founder in a sweeping security crackdown did not follow due process, his attorney said Wednesday.

Supporters of Zakaria Zubeidi say he has not been allowed to have contact with family or his lawyer.

Attorney Farid Hawash said in a statement from the theater that he could not determine if Zubeidi was being treated correctly "since I haven't been able to talk with him."

"We have to apply the correct procedure of Palestinian law; as his lawyer I must be allowed to meet with my client," Hawash said.

According to the lawyer, Zubeidi should have been taken to a Jenin court and not to Jericho when he was arrested in mid-May among dozens detained when the Palestinian Authority began a security campaign following a shooting by the Jenin governor's home.

The incident was blamed for triggering the governor's heart attack which killed him.

Zubeidi co-founded the Jenin Freedom Theater with Palestinian-Israeli Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was killed last year. No one has been brought to justice for the murder.

On Wednesday, the art director at the theater Nabil al-Raee was detained in an early morning raid by the Israeli army, his lawyer said in the same statement.

He is being held in the Jalameh detention center north of Jenin, the lawyer said.
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