Official: Israel to imprison 4 men for alleged Hamas involvement
Published Saturday 02/11/2013 (updated) 02/11/2013 16:24
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court on Thursday issued detention orders for four Palestinian men who were accused of being affiliated with Hamas, a committee official told Ma'an.
Ahjad Abu Asab, the director of the Jerusalem prisoners' families committee, said that the court ruling called for the 42-month imprisonment of Haitham Shukri Mohammad Tahaa, a 44-year-old father of five.
Tahaa's prison sentence in al-Ramla begins on Jan. 15, 2014, Asab said.
Additionally, he said that Abdul Rahman Owis, 51, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Ashraf Atiya Zaloum, 36, and Mohammad al-Atrash from Beit Safafa were also sentenced to 6 months in prison, he added.
The court decision comes three days after Israel released 26 veteran prisoners in conjunction with US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which East Jerusalem forms a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.