February 14, 2012Press Release
Khader Adnan's Lawyer Files Urgent Appeal Against hisAdministrative Detention.Case to Be Reviewed As Soon As Possible;According to a Medical Opinion Issued by a Physiciansfor Human Rights-Israel Affiliated Doctor: Adnan's Life isin Immediate Danger
Today, Wednesday, February 15, 2012, lawyers representing Khader Adnan, aPalestinian Prisoner currently on the 61
day of a hunger strike, submitted an appealto the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) protesting their client's continuedadministrative detention. Adnan, who began his hunger strike on December 18
, oneday after he was detained, is protesting his adminstrative detention and the harshand degrading treatment and torture he claims he was subjected to at the hands of Israeli authorities.Shortly after being filed, the appeal was approved by a High Court Justice. Adnan'slawyer was also informed that a hearing will be set as soon as possible.The urgent appeal includes a medical opinion issued by a physician representative of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) who has been overseeing thepatient's care. Adnan has given PHR-Israel exclusive permission to release thefollowing excerpt.
From the medical opinion:
"I have examined the patient five times over the past week, most recently three hoursago, at Internal Department B at Rebecca Ziv Hospital in Safed. I examined him atthe request of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, and with the agreement of theDirector of the Department, Dr. Raymond Farah.When I met the patient, he had been on hunger strike for 52 days, shackled to hisbed by both legs and one arm, and was refusing to undergo tests and medicaltreatment. He has lost 30 kgs and weighs 60 kg. He suffers from stomach aches,vomiting, sometimes with blood, and headaches. As of today, he is completely lucidand aware of his medical condition, without confusion or disorders in cognition or perception. His general condition is pale and very weak, his tongue is smooth, he hasslight bleeding from the gums, dry skin, loss of hair, and significant muscular atrophy.