An Israeli military appeals court ordered, Thursday, the release of two prisoners from the Palestinian Authority (PA), held without trial since November, who had staged a three-month hunger strike, according to a PA prisoners' rights group cited by Agence France Presse. Sarahna Amani, a spokesman for the Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners' Club told AFP that Ja'afar Ezzeddine and Tariq Qa'adan would be freed on May 8.
The men ended a 90-day fast in February after being promised a hearing on their case. Under what Israel calls "administrative detention" suspects can be
imprisoned without trial by order of a military court. Such orders can be renewed indefinitely for six months at a time. The Ma'ariv/nrg Website quoted Ezzeddine and Qaadan's lawyer as saying that their initial six-month term was due to expire on May 22 but they feared that it would be extended and therefore launched their protest fast and court campaign.