PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 21/16/98
30 June 1998
Further information on UA 180/98 (21/15/98, 19 June 1998) - Health Concern/Legal
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY’Attiya Abu Nuqayreh, aged 28
`Ala’ ‘Akel, aged 25
’Attiya Abu Nuqayreh and ‘Ala’ ‘Akel decided to end their open hunger strike
on 28 June after a colonel from the Military Intelligence visited them in
hospital. He informed them that the Military Intelligence would be recommending
to the President of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser ‘Arafat, that the two
prisoners should be released.
Amnesty International has been informed that the large numbers of letters and
faxes received by President ‘Arafat, and the Minister of Justice, Freih Abu
Meddein, contributed to these developments.
’Attiya Abu Nuqayreh and ‘Ala’ ‘Akel have been transferred to a military hospital
in Khan Yunes in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. They are now in the custody
of the Military Intelligence. Their health is reported to be fair.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in Arabic or English or in your own language:
- welcoming the decision of the Military Intelligence to recommend that ‘Attiya
Abu Nuqayreh and Ala’ ‘Akel be released;
- asking the Palestinian Authority to ensure that ‘Attiya Abu Nuqayreh and
Ala’ ‘Akel continue to have access to any medical care they request;
- asking that ‘Attiya Abu Nuqayreh and Ala’ ‘Akel, be promptly retried before
a normal criminal court according to international fair trial standards or