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Freshly released Palestinian prisoner set free by Israel after hours of interrogation

March 6, 2017 4:13 P.M. (Updated: March 8, 2017 1:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- After being interrogated for several hours by Israeli forces, former Palestinian prisoner Moussa Darwish was freed from Israeli custody on Sunday night.

Darwish was first released from Israeli prison earlier on Sunday after completing a 12-year sentence, but the newly freed man found Israeli intelligence officers waiting for him outside the prison, who immediately redetained him.

Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners head Amjad Abu Asab told Ma'an that Israeli forces had also prevented Darwish's family from going near him, after they had traveled to Ktziot prison in southern Israel to welcome him home.

However, after several hours of interrogation, Israeli forces again released Darwish.

Darwish spent 12 years in jail for his alleged role in a plot to kill Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the leader of Shas, an ultra-Orthodox religious political party in Israel.

A resident of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Darwish was detained in March 2005, and was convicted the following December in the framework of a plea bargain in which he admitted that he had planned to murder the prominent rabbi, Israeli news site Ynet reported at the time.

Asab noted in his statement Sunday that Darwish’s brother Majd Darwish was detained last week and sentenced to six months in administrative detention, Israel’s widely condemned policy of internment without trial or charge based on undisclosed evidence.

According to Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer, some 6,500 Palestinians were held in Israeli custody as of January, 536 of whom were in administrative detention.
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