Palestinians slam France’s refusal to free a freedom fighter
Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:36AM
Palestinians have rallied to protest a French court’s decision to postpone the release of a 61-year-old Lebanese national from French jails. Georges Ibrahim Abdallah fought alongside Palestinian fighters in the 1970s and 80s. He's been imprisoned in France for the past 28 years. The court ruling comes in spite a parole granted to him in November 2012.Palestinians have rallied in protest of a French court’s decision on postponing the release of 61-year-old Lebanese national, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, from French jails. Abdallah who fought alongside the Palestinian revolutionaries back in 1970s and 80s, has been in French jails for the past 28 years. The French court’s ruling comes as he’s been granted parole in November 2012. From Gaza Hanna Qasis explains more. Dozens of Palestinians gathered in the Palestinian city of Ramallah to protest against a delay of a French court in releasing Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, a Lebanese national who has spent 28 years in French jails for participating in the Palestinian struggle against Israel. Adballah was granted parole in November 2012 on condition of expulsion from France, but was not released pending French prosecutors’ appeal “As there is no French embassy or consulate in the PA-controlled territories, Palestinians’ protest against French Authorities was held in front of the French-German Cultural Centre in Ramallah. Lebanese groups such as Hezbollah and the Lebanese Communist party, in addition to the Syrian Social Nationalist party and the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine have slammed French authorities over the delay in releasing Abdallah, accusing the U.S. and Israel of exerting pressure on France to keep Abdallah behind bars. Abdullah, who was a former fighter in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was arrested in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison for his suspected involvement in the 1982 murders of U.S. Lieutenant Charles Robert Ray and Israeli diplomat Yacov Barsimantov. Abdallah’s family and supporters argue that the accusations against him were fabricated. Georges Ibrahim Abdallah had been eligible for parole from 1999 onwards but failed in seven previous bids to be released.