Hunger-striking Palestinian released early from Israeli prison


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian imprisoned in Israel who went on a 55-day hunger strike was freed early.

Khader Adnan, 37, was taken to a crossroads near Jenin in the West Bank and released on Sunday, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. No one, including his family, knew where or when he would be released to prevent “celebrations,” according to Maan.

Adnan did not give any interviews following his release, which was reported to be part of the agreement to free him.

He ended his hunger strike late last month after the Israel Prison Service agreed to release him from administrative detention, where he had been held for a year without charge or trial. He was rearrested nearly a year ago for “activities that threaten regional security.”

In 2012, Adnan was released in exchange for ending a 66-day hunger strike to protest his administrative detention.

A prisoner can be held in administrative detention, without charges being brought, for up to six months. The detention can be renewed indefinitely.

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