Family of Abbas opponent seeks international justice for his death

Family of Palestinian Arab activist who died in custody in June turns to British police and the UN in its request for justice.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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The family of a Palestinian Arab activist who died in custody in June has turned to British police and the UN in its request for justice, AFP reported.

Nizar Banat, one of the fiercest opponents of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, died as PA officials attempted to arrest him.

A post-mortem found he had been beaten on the head, chest, neck, legs and hands, with less than an hour elapsing between his arrest and his death.

Banat's family, who has said it has no confidence in the PA's capacity to deliver justice and called for an international probe, on Thursday asked Britain's Metropolitan Police to open an investigation under the principle of universal jurisdiction, according to AFP.

The British firm Stoke White, which represents Banat’s family, also said it had asked multiple branches of the United Nations human rights system to open investigation, including the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions and four special rapporteurs.

Following Banat’s death, Palestinian Arabs took to the streets to protest, leading to expressions of concern from the UN, which said that PA security forces had used force against initially peaceful protesters, “including beating them with batons and firing teargas and stun grenades.”



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