High Court rejects Hamas MP's remand appeal

March 1, 2007 22:54


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The Supreme Court rejected on Thursday evening a petition by three of the Hamas parliament members in Israeli custody, who had appealed a remand extension decision made by a military court. The three lawmakers - Ahmad Attoun, Wa'il Al-Husseini and Bassem Zarid, who were arrested last summer as part of an IDF crackdown meant to pressure Hamas into releasing kidnapped IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Schalit - contended that they were simply being used as playing cards, and that they did not pose a real security threat. The MPs claimed that by arresting them, Israel had violated agreements with the Palestinians.

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