Barghouti before entering courtroom 390.
(photo credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi on Thursday demanded European
intervention to secure the release of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti and
Ahmed Sa’dat, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Barghouti is serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for
his role in armed attacks during the second intifada. Sa’dat is serving a 30-
year term for his role in the assassination of then-tourism minister Rehavam
Ze’evi in 2001.
Ashrawi’s call for the release of Barghouti and Sa’dat
came during a meeting with Elmar Brok, a German member of the European
Parliament and current chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign
“Dr. Ashrawi specifically asked for European intervention
pertaining to Israel’s continued imprisonment of Palestinian parliamentarians,
in particular Marwan Barghouti and Ahmed Sa’dat,” said a statement released by
She also requested that Israel “respect international
norms dealing with the immunity of elected officials.”
In meeting with
Brok, Ashrawi, a PA parliamentarian, also discussed the latest political
developments in the Palestinian territories and “emphasized the imperative of
Israel’s implementation of signed agreements,” according to the statement.