Mahmoud Shabaneh is a 41 year-old political prisoner from Al Khalil who has been subjected to repeated terms of arbitrary imprisonment and torture. He was arrested without charges and with so-called secret evidence held against him. His first imprisonment was during the first intifada when Mahmoud was 16 years of age. Since then he's spent more than 18 years in prison. Soldiers have invaded Mahmoud's house several times, trashed contents, and brutalized his wife and children. Mahmoud's latest ordeal started on 2 February 2014, when he was arbitrarily imprisoned yet again.
Mahmoud Shabaneh 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: 17.7 years
Percentage of Mahmoud Shabaneh's life arbitrarily imprisoned: 44.0%
Prior number of days on hunger strike: 63