'iPhone Imal' caught by cavity search trying to smuggle phones to Hamas prisoners

A woman attempts to smuggle means of communications to Hamas activists in Israeli prison, gets caught.

November 23, 2014 20:44
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Woman frisked

Woman frisked (illustrative). (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)


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A woman has been indicted after being caught during a full body cavity search allegedly trying to illegally smuggle items inside her vagina wrapped in hygienic pads to Hamas agents in prison.

The indictments against Imal Saada along with an indictment against her brother Muhammad Saad and two other Hamas agents in prison were filed Sunday by the Southern District Attorney’s Office – one with the Beersheba District Court and one with the magistrate’s court.

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The indictments followed a series of smuggling and attempted bribery incidents to help Muhammad Saad as well as the two other Hamas agents, Mahmoud Ji’ada and Ismail Awi, to continue to operate on behalf of Hamas from within Ketziot Prison.

Awi served as a Hamas and prisoner spokesman within the prison, said an indictment.

Since February 2014, Awi, in prison for security crimes, conspired to obtain cellphones for Hamas agents to continue operating from inside the prison, including offering bribes to a prison guard of hundreds of thousands of shekels for help, according to an indictment.

An indictment said that besides attempted bribery, rejected by the prison guard, there were also smuggling operations.

In the most creative smuggling incident, on November 18 at 12:45 p.m., Imal Saada tried to smuggle to her brother a cellphone and radio inside her body orifice wrapped in hygienic pads, alleged an indictment.

She was given a full body cavity search which revealed the hidden items and she, her brother and the others were arrested, the indictment stated.

The state requested that the defendants be remanded to police custody until the end of the proceedings.

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