RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel’s military court at the Ofer detention center remanded non-violent protest organizer Bassem Tamimi in custody for the duration of his legal proceedings, his lawyer said Sunday.
Activists with the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said Tamimi’s political arrest “was extended indefinitely by an Israeli military judge today despite problematic evidence,” noting his trial was not set to start until 8 May.
The 44-year-old organizer of anti-wall protests in An-Nabi Saleh was charged in March with incitement, organizing illegal rallies, solicitation to throw stones, disobeying the duty to report to questioning and obstruction of justice.
A PSCC statement said the charges were based on “questionable and coerced confessions of youth,” and called the obstruction charge “scandalous,” saying it was “for allegedly giving youth advice on how to act under interrogation by the police in the event that they are arrested.”
According to the group, a transcript of Tamimi’s police interrogation further “shows the police and Military Prosecution’s political motivation and disregard for suspect’s rights under interrogation.” During his questioning, Tamimi was accused by his interrogator of “consulting with lawyers and foreigners to prepare for his interrogation,” which the statement noted was “no doubt a legal right.”