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Israeli court uphold re-sentencing of 7 Shalit deal prisoners

Dec. 3, 2015 9:17 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 3, 2015 9:17 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's High Court on Thursday rejected an appeal against the re-sentencing of seven Palestinian prisoners previously released in the 2011 Galit Shalit prisoner exchange deal, the head of the Jerusalem prisoners' families committee told Ma'an.

Amjad Abu Asab said the court upheld their reinstated life sentences after the seven men "violated their release conditions."

The prisoners were identified as Aladin al-Bazyan, 57, Jamal Abu Salih, 51, Adnan Maragha, 46, Naser Abed Rabbo, 48, Rajab al-Tahhan and Ismael Hijazi, all of whom are from Jerusalem, in addition to Nidal Zaloum, from Ramallah.

All seven prisoners were re-detained during the summer of 2014 in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli settlers near Hebron.

Abu Asab said that six of the men were sentenced to 40 year life sentences, while Maragha was given a 45 year life sentence.

Abu Asab added that the families of the prisoners had initially received documents from Israeli police which stated that the prisoners were interrogated for "membership in a terrorist group," and "violation of release conditions."

In 2011, a group of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were freed by Israel under the terms of the Galit Shalit swap deal.

Israel exiled 163 of the prisoners to the Gaza Strip and 40 more to other countries in the region in the swap deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was being held captive in Gaza.

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