Lawyer of Palestinian hunger striker files appeal
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 00:33
Jerusalem: A Palestinian who has waged a hunger strike for an unprecedented 63 days has appealed to Israel's Supreme Court, demanding to be released from months-long detention without trial, his lawyer said on Saturday.

Khader Adnan is fighting a provision that allows Israel to hold detainees for months or even years without trial or formal charges. Israeli officials say they use so-called "administrative detention" to guard against immediate threats to the country's security.

Adnan, a member of the militant group Islamic Jihad, has continued his hunger strike longer than any Palestinian detainee before him. His doctors warned this week that the 33-year-old might die soon.

"We are hoping ... the Supreme Court hears this case urgently," said Mahmoud Hassan, one of Adnan's lawyers. "He could die before the court hearing happens."

The court has not set a date for the hearing. Hassan said in previous cases, the high court at times reduced the sentence of administrative detainees on appeal, but that it rarely ordered them freed outright.

The hunger strike has already turned Adnan into a Palestinian hero, with thousands protesting in support of the once obscure bearded baker. Islamic Jihad has vowed revenge if Adnan dies, possibly by firing rockets into Israel from Gaza.


First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 00:33

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