Jerusalem24– The military court in Nazareth held a court session this morning to pronounce the verdict on the trial of the six prisoners who managed to escape the high-security Gilboa prison in September 2021.
Prisoners Zakaria Zubaidi, Ayham Kamamji, Monadel Enfai’at, Yaqoub Al Qadri, Mahmoud and Mohammad Arda, were each sentenced to a further five years in prison in addition to a fine of 5,000 NIS.
During a hearing in April, the court considered the public prosecution’s request for additional penalties to be imposed on the six prisoners, as well as another five prisoners who are accused of aiding the prisoners’ escape.
Gilboa prison is considered one of the Israeli occupation’s most secure facilities, with heavy security procedures in place, and making use of the latest technologies. The six escaped through a tunnel they spent months digging with a spoon, capturing the attention of Palestinians, and media worldwide.
The prison break was seen as a major failure by Israel’s prison service.
The five prisoners accused of helping the planning and execution of the escape were sentenced to a further four years in prison in addition to a fine of 2,000 NIS.
Prisoners of war under international law are protected in the case of an attempted or successful escape, and are only liable to disciplinary punishment if caught. However, Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, as well as those convicted on terrorism charges, are not considered prisoners of war by Israel.