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IDF arrests dir-gen of Palestinian Prisoner Channel (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/18/12)Source: http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=270360 JERUSALEM POST JERUSALEM POST Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
IDF troops arrested the 38-year-old director-general of the Palestinian Prisoner Channel from his home in the West Bank village of Marka on Thursday.

"The Israeli occupying forces raided the home of the director-general of the Palestinian Prisoner Channel, Mr. Baha Khairy Attalah Musa, who lives in the village of Marka located south of Jenin," a comment on the station´s Facebook page announced shortly after 11:30 a.m.

During the raid of his home, IDF soldiers also confiscated computers and technical equipment used to broadcast the channel´s programming, according to the statement.

"The Prisoner Channel staff condemns this aggressive action by the brutal occupation, which will affect the station´s programming and its mission," the statement said, noting that the Prisoner Channel is an independent organization that is not affiliated with any political group.

The station called for Musa´s release, and for the "freedom of prisoners."

The IDF raid of Marka´s home occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday, members of his family told Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds. Soldiers took Musa to an undisclosed location after they searched his home and conducted an initial interrogation.

Palestinian Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe called the arrest illegal and arbitrary.

The channel "was operating legally in the territory under the [Palestinian] Authority," he said.

The station´s legal adviser has "initiated legal proceedings against this unjustified action, which is contrary to law," a spokesperson for the Prisoner Channel told Al-Quds. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/18/12)

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