Fatah leader Barghouti disappointed with prisoner swap

December 22, 2011 18:27


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Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti Thursday expressed disappointment with the recent prisoner exchange agreement between Hamas and Israel, noting that it did not include veteran Fatah inmates and leaders of Palestinian groups.

Barghouti, who was arrested by the IDF in 2002 in Ramallah, was tried and convicted on charges of murder and sentenced to five life sentences.

Hamas had initially insisted on including Barghouti in the prisoner exchange, but later abandoned the demand.

In an interview with Jordan's Al Ghad newspaper, Barghouti said of the prisoner swap: "We welcome the exchange deal which saw the release of hundreds of strugglers who had spent many years in occupation prisons. But we were hoping that the deal would also include 130 strugglers, most of them from Fatah, who have spent more than 20 years in prison. It's unfortunate that this was bypassed."

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