18 June 2009

President of PLC Dr. Dweik To Be Released

Dr. Aziz Dweik to be released

A Zionist military court decided on Wednesday 17/6/2009 to release the President of the Palestinian Legislative Council Dr. Aziz Dweik within 48 hours after holding him prisoner for more than 36 months.

Dr. Dweik’s lawyer Fadi Al-Qawasmi said that release came after the court had rejected the prosecution’s request to extend Dweik’s sentence from 36 months to 42.

It is noteworthy that Dr. Dweik was kidnapped with 39 lawmakers and ministers of the Hamas parliamentary bloc in the West Bank since June 2006 after Hamas won the elections.

In the last December, "Ofer" court sentenced Dr. Dweik to a term of three years and two suspended years.

Later, the court approved the resolution after it had accused him of membership in Hamas Change and Reform bloc, which represents the Islamic Resistance Movement "Hamas" in the Palestinian Legislative Council.

The head of the Legislative Council, who was kidnapped three years ago, suffers bad and difficult health conditions. He also suffers from severe pain in the left side of his body and heart disease. In the past, he was given medicine with an unknown source, led to a severe dizzy spell.

Palestinian lawmaker Samira Al-Halayka also called for the release of all detainees especially, members of parliament, considering Dweik’s release as a good step for his home town of Al-Khalil, in the West Bank.

Dweik is a professor at An-Najah University in the West Bank city of Nablus. He holds a PhD in Regional and Architecture Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in the US.