Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Israel accused of human rights abuses after al-Jazeera journalist freed following 49 days detention

Al-Jazeera has denied allegations that its Kabul bureau chief has links to Hamas and accused Israeli authorities of "blatant breaches of human rights" over its treatment of the journalist.

Samer Allawi was detained by the Israeli military for 49 days following a visit to his family in the West Bank.

The Arabic news channel's journalist was released from detention on Monday after a plea bargain resulted in a suspended jail sentence and a £900 fine.

A spokesman for al-Jazeera said Allawi faced "false accusations" and suffered "psychological trauma" as a result of his detention. more