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No early release for Ahmad Manasra

Jerusalem24 – Al-Ramleh Magistrate Court rejected this afternoon the request of the committee for the early release of the prisoner Ahmad Manasra.

A hearing held last Sunday to consider dropping the terrorism charges against Manasra ended in a refusal, all but guaranteeing he would be denied early release.

21-year-old Manasra was arrested at age 13 for injuring two settlers in a stabbing attack, and sentenced the following year to 12 years in prison, later reduced to nine and a half years.

Lawyer Khaled Zabarkah, the head of Manasra’s defense team, said that his psychological situation and both his mental and physical health are deteriorating. Manasra is currently being held at Al-Ramleh Prison Hospital after his condition suddenly deteriorated last week.

His defense team blame prolonged solitary confinement for exacerbating Manasra’s already fragile mental health condition.

According to Milena Ansari, International Advocacy Officer at Addameer, the deprivation of liberty in Manasra’s case amounts to torture and ill-treatment.


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