RAMALLAH, April 23 (KUNA) -- Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamish was arrested
by Israeli forces after raiding his home in Ramallah early Saturday.
Suha Al-Barguthee, Qatamish's wife, told KUNA that the Israeli forces
raided their empty home at the wee hours of dawn.
"When the Israeli troops found no one's home, they called Qatamish's
brother's house, where we were at that time, and threatened to destroy the
house if he did not come to his house for arrest," Qatamish's wife added.
She noted that one of her husband's lawyers was able to visit him in Oufer
Jail, where he is currently held, and he was informed by the lawyer that he
will be move soon to an administrative detention, a form of detention without
charge or trial that is authorized by administrative order rather than a
judicial decree and it can be indefinitely renewable.
Qatamish was arrested by the Israeli authorities in 1992 then released in
1998, which is considered the longest administrative detention ever took place.
The latest arrests of Palestinian figures came after Israel's Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to eliminate the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine (PFPL) whom he accused of being responsible for the
Itamar incident of killing five Jewish settlers.
Qatamish's wife said that her husband got nothing to do with the PFPL.(end)
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