RAMALLAH, Wednesday, September 13, 2023 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Prisoner's Society said that the Israeli occupation court in Ramla prison decided to postpone the trial session of prisoner Ahmad Manasra until September 20, despite his deteriorating health condition.
The Prisoner's Society explained, quoting lawyer Khaled Zabarqa, that the session was held in the presence of the defense team for Manasra's case, two lawyers from the Adalah Center, his family, the Physicians for Human Rights Foundation, and representatives of foreign consulates and embassies.
He pointed out that Manasra's health and psychological condition has been getting worse compared to previous months, explaining that at the beginning of the session, the defense team was informed that Manasra could not be present, but after demands and insistence from the defense team on his presence, he was brought to court.
It is noteworthy that the Israeli Prison Services (IPS) has continued to isolate Manasra, 22, in solitary confinement, since October 2021, despite his serious health and psychological condition.
Several court sessions were held, whereas the most notable of these sessions were related to classifying his case as “terrorism,” which obstructed the means for his early release.
As a result of his psychological condition, an international campaign was launched in support of him, to demand his release, with the participation of many psychologists and international institutions.
Manasra was sentenced to 12 years in prison and a fine of 180,000 shekels, and the sentence was reduced to nine and a half years in 2017.