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PA: 7 prisoners held under order canceling amnesty

Sept. 26, 2012 2:27 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 27, 2012 2:52 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Seven Palestinian detainees released in last year's prisoner swap deal are being held by Israel under a military order claiming their amnesty has been revoked, a report by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Prisoners Affairs said Wednesday.

Ayman Sharawna, Ibrahim Abu Hijleh, Ayman Abu Dawoud, Yousef Shtiwi, Muhammad Masalha, Iyad Abu Fannoun and Samer al-Issawi are being detained and Israel has not issued any information about the circumstances behind their prolonged incarceration, the report said.

The prisoners rights group Addameer says Israel has detained a number of prisoners released in the deal by invoking a relatively new provision of Military Order 1651.

The provision allows a special military committee to cancel amnesty for a prisoner based on secret information, usually without presenting any new charges.

The group says Muhammad Masalha was released but Ali Zeidat is being held under the military order.

Zeidat is the only prisoner being held who must serve the remainder of the prison term for which he was previously held before being granted amnesty in the Shalit deal.

He must serve eight months in Israeli prison, and was re-arrested in August 2012.
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