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Obeid Being Held Under 6-month Administrative Detention Order

Sheikh Abdul Karim Obeid is being held in Israel under a newly issued six-month administrative detention order, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.

When Obeid was first brought. to Israel immediately after his abduction from his home in South Lebanon, he was ordered detained for 15 days by a local magistrate.

The new six-month detention order was issued just before the regulations were changed on Friday, which lengthened the administrative detention period from six months to one year.

The radio said it was not known whether Obeid was aware that the administrative order gave him the right to enjoy the services of a lawyer and enabled him to appeal to the High Court of Justice.

Obeid is not the first non-Israeli or resident of the occupied territories held under an Israeli administrative detention warrant.

Earlier warrants have been issued to hold drug merchants and others picked up in Lebanon and brought back to Israel for interrogation.

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