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Urgent Action update: Bedouin leader rejects conditional release

Prominent Bedouin leader Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi’s early release was scheduled on 15 May 2019. However, on that day Israeli police requested from the Israel Prison Service to include two conditions for release. First, a pledge from Sheikh Sayyah not to live in his village of al-‘Araqib in the Naqab/Negev, in southern Israel. Second, to remain under a night-time house arrest regime at his family’s house in the city of Rahat until October 2019, when his original prison sentence ends. The first condition was dropped following his lawyer’s intervention, and Sheikh Sayyah refused the second condition, and, therefore, has been not released from prison.

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Reuven Rivlin 
President of the State of Israel,
Office of the President
3 Hanassi Street
Jerusalem 92188, Israel 
Fax : +972 2566 4838 
Email :
Salutation: Dear Mr. President

And copies to:

Attorney General  
Avichai Mandelblit 
Ministry of Justice 
29 Salah al-Din Street Jerusalem 91010, 
Fax: +972 2 530 3367
Salutation: Dear Attorney General

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

His Excellency MR MARK REGEV Embassy of Israel 2 Palace Green Kensington W8 4QB 020 7957 9500 Fax 020 7957 9555

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