- Published on Monday, 02 July 2012 14:49
The Lawyer for the Palestinian prisoners' society for Detainees and Ex-Detainees, Fadi Obeidat, said that the prisoner Akram al-Rikhawi is at risk of death and that there is need for immediate intervention to save his life.
Prisoner al-Rikhawi has continued with his hunger strike that he began on 18/4/2012.
Obeidat, who visited the prisoner in Al-Ramlah Israeli hospital, stated that Rikhawi is protesting against his request for early release not being granted, despite his medical condition. He called for his immediate release due to the seriousness of his health condition and what he calls deliberate medical neglect by the IPS since his arrest.
According to Addameer, every prisoner is entitled to petition for an earlier release when they have served at least two thirds of their sentence.
Obeidat also said that al-Rikhawi asked for an inspection of the sick prisoners and their sufferings, condemning the courts and Israeli committees for not treating the prisoners fairly.
Obeidat went further to say that al-Rikhawi suffers from several chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney problems, and immune deficiency. Akram underwent surgery in his left eye while in prison due to deterioration of his eye lenses and glaucoma. He lost 45 kilos of his body weight and has started to loose sense in parts of his body.
Al-Rikhawi called on Human Rights institutions to intervene to put pressure on Israeli occupation authorities to stop the suffering of Rikhawi as well as other prisoners and to release them.
The prisoner Samir al-Barq and Hassan al-Safadi have also continued with their open hunger strike, and they have since been admitted to al-Ramlah prisons' hospital.