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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Mother of a Palestinian Detainee in Turkish Prison Appeals for his Release


7Dnews London

Wed, 01 May 2019 09:53 GMT

A mother of a Palestinian detainee in prison in Turkey has denied the charges of espionage levied against her son, stressing that President Erdogan's regime had fabricated this case.

Zaki Mubarak, 55, and Samer Shaban, 40, were arrested on April 22nd on charges of espionage. Nearly a week after, the Turkish authorities announced that Mubarak had been found dead in his prison cell.

The mother of Samer Shaban said that her family has been in a state of fear and anxiety since the death of his companion, Zaki Mubarak.

She told “7Dnews” that the family is demanding protection for her detained son as they fear that he might be assassinated. 

The mother has appealed to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to intervene to release him. The Palestinian mother also called on all international and human rights organisations to intervene to help save her son and get him an immediate release him.

“We have been trying unsuccessfully to contact him for two days”, she added.

The Arab Organisation for Human Rights-EU and UK has condemned the death of Mubarak and called on the release of Shaban.

In addition, the organisation called on the Special Rapporteur on torture at the United Nations to send a committee to examine the body of the dead detainee, thus preventing the Turkish authorities from concealing whether he had been tortured to death and burying the body without a neutral autopsy under UN supervision.

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