European Parliament calls for probe into Jaradat's death

March 15, 2013 13:43

BRUSSELS ---The European Parliament on Thursday said it is “extremely concerned” at the death in February of a Palestinian prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, in an Israeli prison and at the renewed tensions in the West Bank following his death.

Jaradat, 30, died of an apparent heart attack while in Israel’s Megiddo prison in February. He had been arrested a week earlier on suspicion of being involved in a rock-throwing attack that injured an Israeli.

An autopsy report by the Israeli authorities stated that there was “no evidence” of physical violence against him.

A resolution, initiated by Belgian Socialist MEP Veronique De Keyser and adopted Thursday at the parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg, calls on the Israeli authorities “to open independent, impartial and transparent investigations into the circumstances of Jaradat’s death” and raises concerns about the Palestinians held in administrative detention “without charge”.

The European Parliament demands that they be charged and tried or promptly released.

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