Arab MK agrees to forfeit immunity in terrorist phone smuggling affair

Basel found 15 cellphones and SIM cards on two Palestinian security prisoners in the Ketziot Prison in the Negev after Ghattas concluded a visit to the prisoners.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 22, 2016 12:29

Joint List MK Basel Ghattas on Thursday agreed to relinquish his immunity as an elected representative to the Knesset in order for an investigation to proceed.

Ghattas made the announcement in a message to Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein. Ghattas is accused of smuggling cell phones to Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorist and security-related crimes, it was revealed last week.

According to an Israel Prison Service spokeswoman, the IPS found 15 cellphones and SIM cards on two Palestinian security prisoners in the Ketziot Prison in the Negev after Ghattas concluded a visit to the prisoners.

 Both of the prisoners are members of Fatah. One the prisoners, Walid Daka, whom Ghattas allegedly met, is serving a 37-year prison sentence for the kidnapping and murder of IDF soldier Moshe Tamam.


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