March 6, 2019
Palestinian and Israeli lawyers say Amal Barghout’s detention was entirely designed to exert pressure on her husband, who was arrested last week alongside senior figure in a militant group
The Ofer military court in the West Bank released on Wednesday Amal Barghout, the wife of an attorney who was arrested in Ramallah last week alongside a senior figure in a Fatah-linked militant group. Tarek Barghout has been undergoing questioning by the the Shin Bet for the past week.
Amal Barghout was arrested early on Tuesday morning. About 30 Palestinian and Israeli lawyers immediately filed motions calling for her unconditional release, arguing that there were no suspicions against her and that her detention was designed entirely to exert pressure on her husband.
Tarek Barghout was arrested alongside Zekariya Zubeidi, a senior figure in the Palestinian Prisoners’ Ministry, formerly of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Both are suspected of recent involvement in terrorist activity, according to the Israeli military spokesperson’s office and the Shin Bet.