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Group: Lawyer commits suicide after 'torture' in Israeli jail

April 29, 2014 9:59 P.M. (Updated: April 30, 2014 3:51 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian lawyer who was found dead in his Jerusalem apartment on Tuesday was tortured during his 45-day detention by Israeli forces, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.

A statement by the PPS said that Amjad al-Safadi, 39, was beaten and electro-shocked and put under continuous monitoring.

Al-Safadi's alleged torture led to extreme psychological trauma which pushed him to commit suicide, the statement said.

The attorney was released from jail five days ago after spending 45 days in detention. He was put under house arrest, and released on a bail of 20,000 shekels.

He was found hung in his Jerusalem apartment early Tuesday, the group said.

An Israeli police spokesman confirmed a suspected suicide victim found in a car but had no further details.

In March, the head of the committee of Jerusalem prisoners' families Amjad Abu Asab said that Israeli forces detained al-Safadi as he was visiting Hadarim prison.

He added that Israeli forces also raided al-Safadi's house and confiscated a computer and several documents.

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