Prisons Service ordered to clarify Allawi detention

Al Jazeera bureau chief arrested on suspicion of Hamas ties; wants his doctor to examine him in jail.

September 5, 2011 04:27
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Samer Allawi, Al Jazeera journalist

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The Haifa District Court on Sunday ordered the Prisons Service to submit a written response no later than Monday regarding a petition over the detention of Al Jazeera journalist Samer Farik Muhammad Allawi.

Allawi, the head of Al Jazeera’s Kabul bureau in Afghanistan, was arrested on August 9 when he tried to cross into Jordan over the Allenby Bridge. According to Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau, the Palestinian-born journalist, who heads the Qatar-based news agency’s Kabul branch, was returning from a three-week vacation with his family near Nablus.

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Israel arrests Al Jazeera's Afghanistan bureau chief

Israel suspects Allawi of belonging to Hamas and of carrying out actions against state security.

Allawi, who is being held in custody in the Kishon Detention Center after the Samaria Military Court ruled to extend his detention, had petitioned the Haifa District Court to order the Prisons Service to permit his doctors to visit him in prison.

In ordering the Prisons Service to clarify its position regarding the matter, Judge Ron Shapira noted that although the military court ruled last month that Allawi should be referred for a medical examination, this has not yet happened.

Dozens of journalists protested on Saturday in front of the UN offices in Gaza City demanding that Israel release Allawi, AFP reported.

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