Salah al-Hammouri Boycotts Israeli Military Courts

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01 March 2018

Jerusalem- 1/03/2018- The judge at the District Court in Jerusalem decided today to postpone the administrative detention confirmation hearing of Salah Hammouri until next Monday, March 5th 2018.

Hammori stated, “I don't want a lawyer or any legal representation due to the fact that administrative detention is an illegal policy that denies me my freedom. There are no charges against me and my detention is based on a secret file that is controlled by the Israeli intelligence. I don't want to be part of such proceedings in this place which lacks all forms of justice. I request for my lawyer to retreat from this hearing.” Hammouri also refused to be represented by state lawyers.

It should be mentioned that on 26 February 2018, the occupation Minister of War, Avigdor Lieberman, decided to renew the administrative detention order of Salah Hamouri. His order has been renewed for four months, to begin on 28 February 2018. This means that Salah will continue to remain in prison until at least 28 June 2018, at which point he would have been in prison for ten months.

Addameer's field researcher Salah Hammouri was arrested by Israeli occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on 23 August 2017. Hammouri was arrested from his home in the neighborhood of Kufr Aqab. Later, Hammouri was taken to Al-Moskobyeh (Russian Compound) interrogation center, where his detention has been extended until Sunday, 27 August 2017, for further interrogation.

Salah Hammouri, 33, is a Palestinian-French dual citizen and former Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails. Hammouri was released in Wafa al-Ahrar exchange deal in 2011 after spending seven years in Israeli occupation prisons. In addition, he was banned from entering the West Bank by an Israeli military order until September 2016, and his wife Elsa Lefort is currently banned from entering Palestine.