Security Chaos

Field Update

10 February 2008


Lawyer Kidnapped in Ramallah

On Wednesday, 6 February, unknown assailants kidnapped the the lawyer Amani Taha Abu Arqoub (28) from the town of Durra southwest of Hebron. The kidnapping took place in Ramallah; and the lawyer’s fate is still unknown.

PCHR’s preliminary investigation and the statement’s of the victim’s family indicate that the lawyer Amani Abu Arqoub left her house on Wednesday morning and headed to the appeals court in El-Bireh for a case against the Palestinian Development Fund. At approximately 11:00, she called her colleague in the law firm, Suheil Ashour, and informed him that she won the case; and that she was on her way to the office of the Palestinian Development Fund in the Masyoun area in Ramallah to collect a check. At 13:37, three of the lawyer’s brothers and sisters received a telephone message from the kidnappers stating that “Amani will be away for 7 days. We will let you speak to her after that.” The message was sent from a mobile phone working on network of the Israeli company Cellcom. The following day, Amani’s small brother received a message stating that she is well.

PCHR is concerned over this crime, which is a continuation of the security chaos plaguing the OPT. The Centre calls for the immediate and safe release of Amani Taha Abu Arqoub. In addition, PCHR calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate this crime, and to prosecute the perpetrators.




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