A Palestinian Authority (PA) Arab officer on Wednesday was sentenced to jail for criticizing PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, only to be later pardoned by Abbas.
A court had originally sentenced the officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Osama Mansour, to jail and ordered him dismissed after he openly criticized Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, where he was also seen shaking hands with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.
Mansour’s lawyer was quoted by Reuters as having said his client had been sentenced to jail because he had broken a military code of conduct forbidding uniformed officials from expressing political opinions.
But a senior Palestinian official, who declined to be named, later told Reuters, “The president has issued an amnesty decree in favor of Mansour and the officer will be sent into retirement.”
The officer had been held in custody since he posted his criticism on Facebook earlier this month.
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