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Israeli court sentences Hamas leader to four years in prison

April 18, 2016 9:48 P.M. (Updated: April 18, 2016 9:48 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court sentenced a Hamas leader to four years in prison on Monday, also ordering him to pay a 20,000-shekel ($5,298) fine.

Jamal al-Tawil, 52, the former mayor of the city of al-Bireh in the occupied West Bank, was charged with belonging to an illegal party and carrying out activities with said party, as well as inciting against Israel during Friday prayers.

Al-Tawil is currently held in the Meggido prison. Israeli prison services have reportedly denied his request to be moved to a prison closer to his family, which has been banned from visiting him.

Al-Tawil has previously spent 14 years in Israeli prisons for various charges. He was one of hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad members who were deported to Marj al-Zuhur in southern Lebanon in 1992.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians are currently held in Palestinian prisons.
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