PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 21/007/2001
7 June 2001
Further information on UA 115/01 (MDE 21/006/2001, 10 May 2001) -
"Disappearance"/Fear for safety/medical concern
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITYYusuf Samir, journalist, aged 63
Yusuf Samir was found at an Israeli army checkpoint late on the night of 6
June. Reuters reported that Yusuf Samir, who has a heart problem, was taken
to a hospital in Jerusalem where officials said he was in good health.
He had been arrested by Palestinian Police on 4 April. The Palestinian
authorities reportedly claimed to have released him later that day, but he
had not been seen since. The checkpoint where he was found is near Bethlehem,
a city under Palestinian Authority control.
Yusuf Samir, himself a former Israel Radio correspondent, apparently told
Israeli radio today that he had been held hostage by Palestinian General
Intelligence Services (mukhabarat) and feared he would be killed if he did
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