Israel arrests Al Jazeera reporter

2011-08-16 12:00
Jerusalem - Israel has arrested a Palestinian journalist who works for the Arabic language Al Jazeera satellite network, and a journalists' advocacy group says he is being held without charges.

Al Jazeera said in a release issued on Monday that Samer Allawi, its bureau chief in Afghanistan, was taken into custody on August 10 as he tried to leave the West Bank to return to the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Committee to Protect Journalists in New York said in a statement that Allawi has been detained without charges and called on Israel to clarify the legal basis for holding him.

The Israeli military, Shin Bet internal security service and police had no comment on the affair on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera said Allawi was in the West Bank spending his annual vacation with his family in his native village of Sebastia.

The lawyer sent to defend him said he was questioned about his work and personal relationships, dating back to his schooldays in the West Bank, the Al Jazeera statement said.

Allawi was also interrogated about his personal finances and asked if he had any contact with American, Jordanian and Palestinian intelligence forces, Al Jazeera said.

Investigators also took his password for his personal e-mail and work password, the statement added.

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