Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan ´ends hunger strike´ (BBC) British Broadcasting Company) 21 February 2012 Last updated at 17:48 GMT)
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A Palestinian prisoner has ended his 66-day hunger strike over his
detention by Israel in a deal that will see him released in two
months, officials say.
The Israeli justice ministry announced that Khader Adnan would remain
in custody until 17 April, when his "administrative detention" would
Mr Adnan has not eaten since December, when he was arrested in the
He is widely believed to be a leader of Islamic Jihad, which Israel
has designated a terrorist organisation.
The Israeli military has said that Mr Adnan - a 33-year-old baker -
was arrested "for activities that threaten regional security".
Earlier this month, an Israeli military court ordered that Mr Adnan
be placed for four months in administrative detention. Under Israeli
law, such prisoners can be held indefinitely without trial or charge.
´Imminent danger of death´
Mr Adnan has been refusing food since 18 December - one day after he
was detained at his home in the village of Arabah - in protest at
what he says was a violent arrest as well as humiliating
On Tuesday, Mr Adnan´s lawyers had been due to petition the Israeli
Supreme Court for his release when the Israeli justice ministry
announced that it had reached a deal that would see him eventually
"The state... agrees to offset the days in which the appellant was
detained for the purpose of a criminal investigation prior to his
administrative detention from the period of the current
administrative detention order, and also announces that as long as no
new significant and substantive material is added regarding the
appellant, there is no intention to extend the administrative
detention," a statement said.
"In light of state´s foregoing announcement, the appellant states -
via his attorney - that he is halting his hunger strike effective
The BBC´s Jon Donnison in Ramallah says Israeli officials will likely
be pleased with the outcome.
On Friday, the Israeli group Physicians for Human Rights, which has
been monitoring his condition, warned that he was "in immediate
danger of death", adding that he had suffered "significant muscular
Human rights groups also criticised the conditions in which he was
being held at Ziv hospital in the northern Israeli town of Safed,
where he was shackled to his bed by chains on both legs and one arm.
The European Union´s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said the
bloc was following Mr Adnan´s case with "great concern."
"Detainees have the right to be informed about the charges underlying
any detention and be subject to a fair trial," she added.
Thousands of Palestinians also took to the streets of the Gaza Strip
and West Bank to demand Mr Adnan´s release, while Islamic Jihad had
promised revenge if he was allowed to die by the Israeli authorities.
It is unclear whether Mr Adnan, who was a spokesman for the group,
has ever participated in its attacks, which have left dozens of
Israelis dead. (© BBC MMXII 02/21/12)
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