Prisoners’ Society says no immunity for patients in Israeli prisons 29Jul12 July 29, 2012

Palestinian Information Centre   -   27 July 2012

On Thursday, 26th July, a report issued by the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs revealed that the prisoner Mahmoud Abdul Latef Mahmoud Rayan, 22, from Ramallah, has been ill-treated and beaten by Israeli soldiers while in detention. According to the report, although Rayan suffers from epilepsy, he hasn’t received the necessary medical treatment.

Rayan said that he had been arrested by special Israeli forces from his work place on 16/5/2012 at 10:30 a.m. They raided the center, put the gun at Rayan’s head and threatened to shoot him.

While being in the Israeli special vehicle that transferred him to the interrogation centers, one of the soldiers severely beat him with a rifle. The prisoner was taken to several centers; starting with al-Ram military camp and detained in the bathroom all day long, then to al-Maskobiya, Bi’r al-Sabe’ and Ashkalon prisons where he was interrogated and tortured for long hours.

The prisoner told the lawyer Ibrahim al-Araj who visited him in Ofer military prison that he suffered from epilepsy, and was undergoing a medical treatment in al-Re’aya hospital in Ramallah before he was arrested.

He added that after a week from his arrest, he had several spasm attacks in al-Maskobiya cells; he banged his head against the wall and lost consciousness. Rayan woke up to find himself in the doctor’s room with his head swollen. The second day it happened again, and after being transferred to Ofer prison, the case was repeated three times in succession. Despite his condition, the Israeli prison administration did not give him sedatives.

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