Wife says Palestinian prisoner ends hunger strike after sentencing
Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad member, had been on a hunger strike since September and will now likely be released soon due to time served
A Palestinian prisoner ended his hunger strike Monday after an Israeli military court sentenced him to a year in prison, his wife said.
Khader Adnan has been in detention since last December so the sentence means he is expected to be released within two months.
Adnan began a hunger strike in early September against his detention but was given a one-year sentence Monday, his wife and lawyer said.
“The judge’s decision to sentence him for a year was based on my husband’s bad health situation as a result of his hunger strike,” said his wife Randa.
The Israeli army confirmed the sentence and said in a statement that the military court convicted him of having been an active member of the banned Islamic Jihad terror organisation, after he pleaded guilty in a plea bargain.
Adnan has staged protests during previous stints in Israeli jails.
In 2012 he went on hunger strike for 66 days in protest against a term of internment without trial, what Israel calls “administrative detention.”
In 2015 he went without food for over 50 days after another arrest.