Israel releases Mustafa al-Barghouthi
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 12/28/2004
The Israeli forces released the candidate for the Palestinian Presidential elections Mustafa al-Barthouthi after detaining him for a short period of time because of what it called "violating the entry licensing" which the Israeli police said was given for a transit for Jerusalem but not to stay in it.
Al-Barghouthi was arrested yesterday in Jerusalem when he was meeting with a groups of Palestinians and he was interrogated before taken by the Israeli police to the West Bank and his release at one of the inspection points.
This incident is considered the second of its kind against al-Barghouthi after he was earlier this month beaten at the hands of Israeli soldiers at a military checkpoint near Jenin.
Al-Barthouti is considered the second Palestinian candidate who is exposed to such sort of harassment in addition to the candidate of al-Shaab candidate Bassam al-Salehi who was detained, himself because of what was described by the Israeli security "his attempt to enter Jerusalem unlicensed," before he was released.
The Palestinian national authority announced officially it asked Jordan to supervise the voting operation.
The Jordanian news agency quoted the charge de affairs in the Palestinian embassy in Amman Atta Allah al-Kheiri as saying that the call reflects the special relation between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority and the care by the latter to "complete the election process with transparency the same as happened before."
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