Law would bar attorneys from visiting prisoners 14Dec10 December 15, 2010

Ma’an News Agency -  14 December 2010

Israel’s legislative council approved a new draft law Monday that would deny Palestinian prisoners the right to visits from their lawyers for a period of one year following detention.

The law, which amends guidelines for the treatment of prisoners, extends to the Israeli courts the power to ban Palestinian prisoners from visits by their legal representatives for an entire year, up significantly to the current law which sets a three week limit.

According to a report by Israel’s Channel 10 news service, Israeli Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich submitted the proposed amendment, and presented a long list of arguments promoting the new rule.

Gaza’s Ministry of Prisoners Affairs condemned the law as a “racist decision without any legal justification,” saying it was a violation of the rights of the prisoners.

Hundreds of Palestinians are detained by Israeli police and military forces each year, with some 7,000 currently in Israeli custody.

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