Relatives of Nizar Banat, who died in Palestinian Authority custody, said they had not received documents with the official cause of death.
Family of a political activist Died in custody The Palestinian security forces accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) of trying to cover up his death last month.
The relatives of 43-year-old Nizar Banat said on Saturday that they had not yet received the official cause of death and said the Palestinian Authority had worked hard to resolve the matter out of court.
“So far, the Palestinian Authority’s actions are criminal acts to cover up crimes,” Nazir’s brother Gasan Banath told reporters.
Nizar Banat is an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority. He called on Western countries to stop providing assistance to the Palestinian Authority because of human rights violations and growing authoritarianism.
In a series of posts and live videos on Facebook, Banat criticized the close security coordination between the authorities and Israel, which was regarded as betrayal and corrupt by many Palestinians.He also lashed out at President Mahmoud Abbas in April cancel This will be the first Palestinian election in 15 years. Banat is an opposition candidate.
His family said that on June 24, security forces rushed into Banat’s bedroom while he was sleeping and beat him, bleeding on the head, and then took him from the house. He died shortly after being detained.
His death triggered several weeks of protests. On July 5, at least six militants were arrested by security forces while protesting outside the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority. Several witnesses claimed that the police used pepper spray and beat the protesters with truncheons.
About 150 people demonstrated in Ramallah on Saturday night. They held up Banat’s posters and chanted anti-Abbas slogans. The protest was peaceful, and there were no reports of violence or arrests.
The Palestinian Authority, regarded as an important partner of the United States and other Western countries, has established an investigation committee to investigate the death of Banat. The head of the investigation committee stated that Banat suffered physical violence and his death was “unnatural.”
His brother said that a few weeks later, the family received almost no news from the government.
PA has not yet responded to a request for comment.
“Until this moment, we have not been able to obtain a death certificate. How can any citizen die without issuing a death certificate?” Gassan Barnat said.
Accompanied by two family lawyers, the brother rejected what he said was an attempt by the authorities to send tribal elders to the family in order to end the case and prevent him from entering the court.
“This file will not be resolved or closed by elders or tribal means,” he said. “Nizar’s file is a political assassination and will remain public until justice is done, even if it takes 1,000 years.”
The Banat family said that they are threatened every day, but they are not affected and will continue to “demand our rights” to hold Nizar’s death accountable.
The Palestinian Authority is widely regarded as corrupt and authoritarian. A recent poll last month showed that support for Abbas has fallen sharply, and Abbas came to power during his four-year term in 2005.
Abbas is facing increasing pressure after the cancellation of the election because his Fatah party seems to be defeated by rival Hamas.
Last month, Palestinian security forces arrested the well-known activist and critic Issa Amro after he criticized the recent arrests on Facebook.