The Israeli Agency Shin Bet will formally charge the leader of the Islamic Jihad movement in the occupied West Bank, Bassam Al-Saadi, the Israeli army announced.
According to the Israeli army, the investigation into Al-Saadi has been completed and the prosecutor has decided to charge him with membership in a “terror group”, in reference to the Islamic Jihad movement, conducting operations for the group, incitement and “supporting terrorism”.
Video | Media coverage: "Palestinian Islamic Jihad official Sheikh Bassam al-Saadi appears at the Israeli court of Ofer for the second time since he's arrested by an undercover Israeli force in a raid on his home in Jenin earlier this month." pic.twitter.com/NOtD0V2o4F
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Earlier on Sunday, a military court extended Al-Saadi’s detention for another five days until August 25.
Al-Saadi and his defense team deny the charges against him.
Al-Saadi was arrested on August 1 by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
Bassam al-Saadi was severely beaten and assaulted during his arrest. https://t.co/90DYw2A02y
— Samidoun Network (@SamidounPP) August 17, 2022
His arrest led Israel to launch a “preemptive” strike on the Gaza Stri, which killed 49 Palestinians including 17 children.
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