Our groups letters of concern helped release Samer al-Issawi of Palestine.
Samer al-Issawi had been held by the Israeli authorities since July 7, 2012. He had been on hunger strike, refusing food and vitamin since August 1, 2012 in protest of an Israeli military committee’s refusal to explain to him or his lawyer the reasons for his detention. Because of this refusal, they are unable to mount a defense.
His case was brought forward by the military committee was based on secret information related to how he “breached” the conditions of a previous release from prison in October 2011.
This information was not available to Samer Issawi or his lawyer, ensuring they were unable to mount a defence.
On April 22, 2013, Samer ending his hunger strike. A deal had been reached where Samer would serve eight months for violating the terms of his bail, and then be sent to Jerusalem.
The Global Importune letter signing group began sending letters of concern on behalf of Samer al-Issawi to officials in the government of Israel sometime around January 2012.
He was released on December 22, 2013.
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