West Bank, ALRAY - An Israeli occupation military court has extended the so-called “administrative detention” of Palestinian detainee Mustafa Bani Odeh for another four-month period.
Administrative detention is a misnomer for holding Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable periods based on "secret evidence" in a stark violation of international humanitarian law.
According to the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC), the Israeli occupation army detained Bani Odeh, from Tammun town, south of Tubas, in the northern occupied West Bank, on 30 May 2022.
This is the fourth time Bani Odeh has had his arbitrary incarceration extended without charge or trial, according to the PPC.
He had been previously detained multiple times and jailed for a total of nine years, including three years under “administrative detention” without charge.
A married father of four children, Bani Odeh was banned from attending the funeral of his son, Mamoun, 18, who died in December 2022, by the Israeli occupation authorities.
The number of Palestinian detainees held in inhumane conditions in Israeli occupation prisons has reached over 5,200, at least 1,264 of whom, including 20 children and four women, are held under “administrative detention” without charge, according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights groups.