British reporter held in Gaza over security crimes

A British journalist arrested by Hamas police in Gaza over suspected security offences could be held initially for up to 15 days, a spokesman said.

British reporter held in Gaza over security crimes

A British journalist arrested by Hamas police in Gaza over suspected security offences could be held initially for up to 15 days, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Monday.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, announced freelance journalist Paul Martin's arrest on Sunday, saying it had received confessions about security crimes. It gave no details about the allegations.

A spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry said Martin was being held under a 15-day detention order issued by the attorney-general in the Gaza Strip.

"He may be released or the 15 days may be extended, pending (the results) of the investigation," said the spokesman, Ehab al-Ghsain.

A spokeswoman for the British consul-general in Jerusalem, who oversees affairs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip said British diplomats were helping Martin in Gaza and were in touch with his family.

Ghsain said that a Palestinian acting on behalf of the British consulate visited Martin on Sunday and the journalist chose a Palestinian lawyer to represent him.


Reuters

Last Mod: 15 Şubat 2010, 15:38
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