Israel refuses to release Ahmad Manasra, who was detained at 13

The Israeli Beersheba District Court yesterday rejected an appeal to remove the “terrorism” classification under which Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Manasra is being held, in spite of the fact that he was detained at the age of 13 in a brutal manner, violently interrogated without an adult or lawyer present and then held in jail even though he did not carry out a crime. Israel has maintained Manasra’s classification as a detainee held for “terrorism” which means his defence team cannot apply for early release now that he has completed two-thirds of his term, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club. In August, the Beersheba District Court extended Ahmad’s solitary confinement for another six months, despite the deterioration of his mental illness. […]

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