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March 16, 2006

Details Emerge About Jericho Prison


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PFLP chief Ahmad Saadat was "very much in charge" of the prison, according to the Times

A story in today's Times (UK) provides more details about the situation at the Jericho prison, describing why the British and American monitors felt they had to leave and, consequently, why Israel decided to capture the prisoners.

“Saadat and Shobaki were very much in charge,” one prison source said. “These guys were running the prison. They did what they wanted, when they wanted.” ...

But British sources spoke of a “credible and specific” warning this year that the PFLP had planned to free its prisoners, “possibly taking the monitors hostage”. They also cited warnings last year that militant groups planned to kidnap monitors. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released a letter to Mr Abbas from John Jenkins, the British Consul-General, and his American counterpart giving final warning that the monitoring would end unless the Palestinian Authority ensured “full compliance” with the monitoring agreements and improved the security of the US and British personnel.

It followed reports by monitors that the six prisoners had access to computers, mobile phones and were not “locked down” at night. The monitors said that they were forbidden to search cells and that mobile phone jammers were switched off.

Posted by GI at March 16, 2006 10:20 AM

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