Jailed PFLP Leader Sues British Gov't Over Abandoning Jericho Prison

Ahmed Saadat files suit against Britain for pulling wardens out of West Bank prison that was later stormed by Israeli forces.

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Ahmed Saadat has filed a lawsuit against the British government for pulling wardens out of a West Bank prison that was later stormed by Israel Defense Forces forces, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Attorney Kate Maynard said she had filed papers on behalf of Saadat, who is being held by Israel, alleging his human rights had been violated.

The Foreign Office said it was aware the legal claim had been lodged. A High Court judge will decide whether the case can proceed.

Saadat claims his human rights were violated by the March withdrawal of British wardens from a prison in Jericho where he was held.

British and U.S. monitors supervised the prison under an unusual 2002 agreement.

Minutes after the monitors withdrew, 1,000 Israeli troops stormed the prison, seizing Saadat and four of his alleged accomplices in the 2001 assassination of former Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi.

Maynard accused the British government of acting "with complete disregard for the lives of Mr. Saadat and the other prisoners by giving [Israel] advance notice of their withdrawal and then telling them as they left."