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Journalist remains in detention despite a judicial order for his release

(ANHRI/IFEX) - Journalist Mustafa Sabry remains in custody despite a Supreme Court order for his release handed down on 10 September 2008. Sabry, a freelance journalist, was detained by Palestinian intelligence forces on 31 July in the West Bank city of Qalqilya.

Neither Sabry nor his lawyers were informed of the accusations against him or the reasons for his detention. In a blatant disregard of the legal system, the Palestinian intelligence forces have refused to heed the recent decision by the Supreme Court in favor of Sabry's release.

In the absence of cooperation from the intelligence forces, the intervention of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is Sabry's only hope for release.

According to ANHRI, this is not the first time that Sabry has been arrested by the Palestinian intelligence forces. He has also been subjected to abuse by intelligence officers while in detention.

ANHRI condemns the illegal detention of journalists by Palestinian intelligence forces and calls upon President Abbas to uphold the Supreme Court's ruling for the immediate release of Sabry.

For further information on the previous arrest of Sabry, see:

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