Israeli forces detain human rights lawyer near Ramallah
Published yesterday (updated) 19/09/2014 10:41




RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained the legal coordinator of ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association in an overnight raid on his village west of Ramallah early Thursday. 

Ayman Ahmad Nasser, 44, was detained during a surprise military raid on his home around 1:30 a.m. in Safa village, according to his wife.

«At 1:30 in the morning we heard hard knocking on the main door. My husband Ayman hurried to open the door and some 15 soldiers raided the house and started shouting at me and my children to get out of the rooms, so we stayed in the living room with six soldiers pointing their guns at us,» his wife said.

«Half an hour later, an officer arrived and took Ayman outside the house, and ten minutes later Ayman came in to say goodbye,» she added.

Ad-Dameer condemned the detention in a statement and said that the arrest threatends to «take away the voice of ad-Dameer and prevent it from doing its job supporting the prisoners’ cause»

«Ayman is a rights activist. He defends human rights and specializes in the prisoners’ cause and their rights,» they said, calling his detention a crime.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that she knew of two arrests overnight in the Ramallah area, without giving any further details.

Nasser was detained twice previously by Israeli authorities, most recently in Oct. 2012 when he was held for 93 days. He was sentenced for 13 months, but later released in Oct. 2013.

He was also detained in Feb. 1992 and during the First Intifada and was sentenced for six years before being released in Oct. 1997.