Israel’s President OKs release of ailing Palestinian

Last Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 00:10

Jerusalem: Israel`s President says he has approved the release of an ailing Palestinian prisoner on humanitarian grounds.

Shimon Peres noted in a statement that Mohammed al-Taj has served two-thirds of a 14-year sentence. It described al-Taj as a "security prisoner", a term used for those convicted of involvement in violence against Israelis.

"The decision to release him was taken on humanitarian grounds as the prisoner was ill with a serious medical condition," the statement said. It gave no further details.

The President`s decision comes weeks after another security prisoner died of cancer while in Israeli custody. The death sparked violent anti-Israel demonstrations in the West Bank, where Palestinian prisoners are honoured as heroes fighting Israeli occupation.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 23:55

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