Jewish jurists appeal to Egypt for Tarabin release

Lawyers send letter to Egyptian justice minister calling for release of Israeli Beduin imprisoned on charges of spying.

By
September 4, 2012 20:54
1 minute read.
Tarabin

Ouda Tarabin. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

An umbrella group of Jewish lawyers sent a letter this week to Egypt’s new justice minister calling for the release of imprisoned Israeli Beduin Ouda Tarabin, amid reports from Cairo of a deal underway that would free him in exchange for 83 Egyptians in Israeli jails.

The Egyptians held in Israel are members of Beduin tribes in Sinai. Israel Radio in Arabic reported that new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy met in El-Arish last week with Sinai Beduin representatives and said that the men will be freed by Id al- Adha, which falls next month.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Winning the release of the 83 prisoners in return for Tarabin could be a way, it is believed, for Morsy to improve his relationship and that of the central government in Cairo with the Sinai Beduin.

The letter to Ahmed Mekki from the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists asked the Egyptian minister to intervene “in the name of justice.” The group enclosed a letter they sent to Morsy upon becoming president in July, to which they did not receive any response.

The letter to Morsy was sent through the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv.

“Recently we received a letter from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at the Human Rights Council where it was clearly stated that Mr. Tarabin’s incarceration, legal process and sentences are wrongful,” the letter read, calling for Egypt to release him immediately.

Tarabin, an Israeli Beduin shepherd, was arrested after illegally crossing the border into Egypt in late 1999, and sentenced to 15 years on charges of spying. Both Israel and Tarabin’s family have denied the charges.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


American-Israeli student Ilan Grapel was released in October 2011 from Egyptian prison in exchange for 25 Egyptians in Israeli jails.

Efforts at the time to include Tarabin in that deal were unsuccessful.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN