Barghouti in court
Barghouti in courtIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah kingpin serving five consecutive life sentences for terror murders, was sent into isolation Wednesday as punishment for granting interviews to Israeli and foreign journalists when he appeared in a Jerusalem court.

Palestinian Authority minister of prisoners Kadura Fares informed an AFP reporter in Ramallah that Barghouti's lawyer was informed of the punishment when he tried to visit him in jail.

Barghouti appeared in court to testify in a lawsuit filed by the family of the late Esther Kleiman. Kleiman, 23, of Neve Tzuf, was killed in a March 2002 shooting attack northwest of Ramallah, while traveling to work in a reinforced Egged bus.

Kleiman's family turned to a U.S. court and asked it to make the PA pay millions of dollars in compensation for its responsibility for the murder. Bargouti was brought to court on Wednesday in order to testify over ties between the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah and the PA. He refused to cooperate with the court and used the opportunity to communicate with the press.