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9 Palestinian prisoners serving 'longest sentences on earth'

Oct. 6, 2013 2:53 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 7, 2013 9:25 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian organization Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights revealed Wednesday that nine Palestinian prisoners currently being held in Israeli jails have the "longest sentences" of any imprisoned human being worldwide.

The organization's director, Fouad al-Khuffash, explained that "there is no other country on Earth that gives open-ended life sentences except the State of Israel, whose laws do not limit the number and length of life sentences given to Palestinian prisoners."

Al-Khuffash also listed the nine Palestinian prisoners with the longest prison sentences on Earth. Abdullah Ghaleb al-Barghouthy from Ramallah is currently holding the world's longest sentence. He was detained by Israeli forces on March 5, 2003 and was subsequently sentenced to 67 life sentences in prison.

The remaining eight longest sentences on Earth were given to:

Ibrahim Jamil Hamid, from Ramallah, who was detained on May 23, 2006 and was sentenced to 57 life sentences.

Hussain Abdul Rahman Salama, from Gaza, who was detained on May 17, 1996 and was sentenced to 48 life sentences and 20 years.

Mohammad Attiya Abu Warda, from Hebron, who was detained on Nov. 4, 2002 and was sentenced to 48 life sentences.

Mohammad Hassan Arman, from Ramallah, who was detained on Aug. 18, 2002 and was sentenced to 36 life sentences.

Abbas Mohammad Al-Sayyed, from Tulkarem, who was detained on May 8, 2002 was sentenced to 35 life sentences in prison and 150 years.

Wael Mahmoud Qassem, from Jerusalem, who was detained on Aug. 18, 2002 and was sentenced to 35 life sentences and 50 years.

Anas Ghaleb Jaradan, from Jenin, who was detained on May 11, 2003 and was sentenced to 35 life sentences and 35 years.

Saed Hussam al-Tubasi, from Jenin Refugee Camp, who was detained on Nov. 1, 2002, and was sentenced to 31 life sentences and 50 years.

Al-Khuffash added that the primary reason for the long sentences given to Palestinian prisoners was psychological, as the indeterminate length of the sentences were intended to undermine the will of Palestinian prisoners.
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