Salem Badi is a civil servant working for the El Bireh municipality. On 28 February 2014, without warning, soldiers blew up the front door of Salem Badi's house. A large contingent of soldiers entered the house, ransacked contents, and kidnapped Salem Badi -- yet again. Salem has been arbitrarily imprisoned several times, and he has up to now been imprisoned more than 7.9 years. The first time he was arbitrarily imprisoned Salem was 16 years old. In 2013, Salem was tortured for 45 days and he required hospitalization. The continuous spells of imprisonment have impeded him from finishing his university studies, and from getting married; it also has had tremendous detrimental impact on the rest of his family. No explanation was provided by the military judge for Badi's latest imprisonment – evidence was secret.
Salem Badi has been subjected to very long terms of the so-called 'administrative detention' -- which really means arbitrary imprisonment, with no charges brought against the defendant, no access to evidence, and for an arbitrary length of imprisonment which can be renewed at any time. The family of the prisoner is also affected sometimes losing permits needed to work in Israel. Most of the victims of arbitrary imprisonment are politically active or are active in organizing their communities. Effective Palestinian leaders who oppose Israeli rule are invariably imprisoned in this manner. It is a means to fragment Palestinian society.
Number of days arbitrarily imprisoned during his latest ordeal:
Previous number of years arbitrarily imprisoned: 7.5 years
Percentage of Salem Badi's life arbitrarily imprisoned: 18.6%