‘88% of Prisoners in Palestinian Jails Being Held Without Trial’
11 May 09 | Ha’aretz
About 18 months ago, a European Union delegation arrived in the Palestinian Authority to evaluate the condition of prisoners in Palestinian prisons.
The delegation, which was attached to the European Union Police Coordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (Eupol Copps) – a group of European security experts who are involved in the restructuring of the Palestinian police force – was given a clear order: to bring about reforms in the Palestinian judiciary.
One of the astounding conclusions of the legal experts from Europe was that 88 percent of all those in jail were being held without trial, a hearing or any sentencing. This one fact brought to the fore the reality of the problems in the field of law that the Palestinian Authority is dealing with. At a time when the Palestinian police force is beginning to show impressive signs of improvement, acting with determination to restore order throughout the West Bank, in great part thanks to a reshuffling of the top posts, those arrested are simply thrown in prison without legal proceedings. >>>
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