PA Court Drops Charges against Youth over Social Media Post

A Palestinian court in Tulkarem has dropped all charges against a Palestinian youth arrested over a Facebook post, some eight months after he was first detained.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, the court decided on January 2, that there was insufficient evidence against Ahmad Awartani, and

The report stated that the charges were related to a personal Facebook post and based on the Palestinian Electronic Crime law.

The Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Forces arrested Awartani on 21 April 2018 without presenting an arrest warrant, Addameer noted, before transferring him to detention in Jericho where he was interrogated, ill-treated and tortured. On 17 May, he was released on bail.

Source: Palestine Chronicle