Court orders release of PA’s Governor of Jerusalem
The Palestinian Authority’s Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Gheith, who was arrested for illegally collaborating with the PA’s security services, was released to house arrest.
His lawyer says the court ruled Sunday the PA’s Jerusalem governor could leave custody on bail and on condition he does not enter the Palestinian Authority territories for two weeks.
Nine Fatah affiliates were released along with him, some of them members of the Palestinian Security Services (PSS) from the Jerusalem area.
Ghaith and more than 30 Israeli-Muslim citizens from east Jerusalem who joined the ranks of the Palestinian Authority Security Services were arrested last week at the end of a covert investigation.
The police suspect Gheith recruited Israeli citizens or residents to serve in an armed force, in violation of the Oslo Accords International Law. He has been remanded in custody for five days.
During the search of the suspects’ homes, tens of thousands of shekels had been seized along with the Palestinian Authority Police’s certificates, uniforms and various types of weapons.
About a month ago Gheith was arrested and questioned by police on suspicion of being part of the kidnapping of East Jerusalem resident Issam Akel, who has American citizenship, to the Palestinian Authority after the latter was suspected of selling real estate to Jews.