An Israeli prosecutor on Tuesday filed a new indictment against Palestinian journalist Mohamed al-Qiq, who is supposed to be released in 10 days.
His wife, Fayha Shalash, said that the new indictment was filed 10 days before her husband’s release, describing the step as “a dirty attempt to retain him in detention for as long as possible.”
Shalash reportedly said that the new charges could be related to Qiq’s participation in marches in solidarity with prisoners and martyrs.
Prisoner Qiq had staged, for the second consecutive time, an open-ended hunger strike on February 6, before he extracted a pledge last month from his jailers to end his administrative detention in mid-April.
He launched his hunger strike after he was ordered to administrative detention following 22 days of interrogation.
This was his second hunger strike against administrative detention. In 2016, he refused food for 94 days to demand his freedom, winning his release in May 2016.
Later on January 15, he was arrested anew at Beit El crossing after his participation in a march organized in protest at Israel’s detention of Palestinian martyrs from Bethlehem.