Israel extends detention without charge of French-Palestinian lawyer
Israeli authorities overnight on Sunday extended the detention of Salah Hamouri, 37, under what is known as administrative detention, according to the documents.
The practice allows suspects to be detained without any charges for renewable periods of up to six months.
On day prior to his release, the israeli prison service arbitrarily extends Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri's jail term for yet another 3 months pic.twitter.com/NLCvzkemnU— Sarah Wilkinson (@swilkinsonbc) June 6, 2022
An Israeli military court sentenced Hamouri to administrative detention in March. It accused him of being a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and said he "endangers security in the region".
Hamouri, who holds French citizenship, denies being a member of the PFLP.
The military court documents, sent to his lawyers and seen by AFP, say that his administrative detention has been extended to September 5.
💬 “ I want all Palestinians to live with freedom and dignity. It’s better my children know that I fought for justice rather than passively accepting ethnic cleansing.” Salah Hamouri #LiberezSalah #FreeSalahHamouri pic.twitter.com/vt3xRG0JNv— Liberté pour Salah (@LiberezSalah) June 1, 2022
Hamouri has been arrested and jailed by Israeli authorities on several occasions, including in 2005.
Following that arrest, he was tried and convicted by an Israeli court on charges of plotting to assassinate Ovadia Yossef, a prominent Israeli rabbi and spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas political party.
Hamouri was released in December 2011 as part of a swap of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit, a soldier held captive in Gaza for more than five years.
He has always maintained his innocence.
In April, Hamouri filed a complaint in France against surveillance firm NSO Group for having "illegally infiltrated" his mobile phone with Pegasus spyware.
He is one of several Palestinian activists whose phones were hacked using the Pegasus malware, according to a report in November by human rights groups.