Palestinian dies in Military Intelligence custody in Nablus

February 28, 2001

Palestinian dies in Military Intelligence custody in Nablus. In the evening of Tuesday 27 February, 30 year-old Salem Al Akra’a from Kabalan near Nablus died at Al Watani Hospital in Nablus after being transferred there from the town’s Military Intelligence Service prison. Al Akra’a’s cousin Ashraf Nofal, 27, stated to LAW that the Military Intelligence Services had arrested Al Akra’a from a taxi rank east of Nablus on 6 February 2001. He was held in custody and deprived of all visits before being admitted to hospital five days ago. In his statement to LAW, Ashraf added that he had seen Al Akra’a’s body in the hospital morgue; there were signs of beating on the right side of his head as well as sloughs in his wrists and ankles and severe bruising on his back. Based on the statement of Ashraf Nofal, LAW Society believes that the deceased may have been subjected to ‘Shabeh’- shackling in a contorted position - and beating by the Military Intelligence Services in Nablus. LAW Society demands the concerned parties in the PNA to form a neutral inquiry commission to investigate the death of Al Akra’a, make the findings of the commission public along with the autopsy results, and bring the perpetrators, if proven that the deceased was tortured, to justice. LAW further demands that the PNA implement the law preventing the detention of civilians by military intelligence.

LAW – The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to preserving human rights through legal advocacy. LAW is affiliate to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Fédération Internationale des Ligues de Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Member of the Euro- Mediterranean Human Rights Network

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