Human Rights Watch calls for PA to release blogger

December 6, 2010 09:52

JERUSALEM  -- Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged the Palestinian Authority to release a blogger detained for his religious opinions, reported Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

"The general prosecutor was offended by the blog and began to follow the case, and in the end he and General Intelligence officers caught Hasayin red-handed in the internet café and arrested him," Mbayyad said according to Ma'an.HRW said that Hasayin has not been charged with any crime, and his continued detention violates Palestinian law.

"The Palestinian authorities’ claim that Hasayin offended Muslims is no excuse for arbitrarily detaining him," said Joe Stork, deputy regional director at HRW, according to the report.

"Because a prosecutor was ‘offended,’ the PA spent security and judicial resources to investigate and detain Hasayin in violation of both Palestinian and international law, and yet has not managed to charge him with any crime after more than a month," said Stork.

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