• 27 October 2021

    There were heated exchanges in a court in Northern Ireland on Monday over an ongoing bail application by Dr Issam Bassalat, who is in Maghaberry Prison awaiting trial on "terrorism" charges. Dr Bassalat has suffered a heart attack in prison.  The court heard that he is at "substantial excess risk of further cardio-vascular events, including death."

  • 13 October 2021

    A court in Northern Ireland heard today, Wednesday 13 October, that Dr Issam Hijjawi Bassalat has suffered a heart attack. Dr Bassalat was due to appear by video link at a case management hearing at Dungannon Magistrates Court, along with nine other defendants charged as a result of Operation Arbacia.

  • 12 October 2021

    Dr Issam Bassalat, a Scottish Palestinian man facing terrorism charges in Northern Ireland, has issued an appeal for human rights organisations to monitor his case.

  • 23 June 2021

    Issam Bassalat has finally had the surgery he needs for his spinal problem. The operation appears to have been completely successful and has brought him great relief. But the circumstances surrounding the operation are very troubling.

  • 19 January 2021

    Letter to the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government calling on ministers to take urgent steps to facilitate medical treatment for Dr Issam Hijjawi Bassalat, a Scottish Palestinian prisoner in Maghaberry Prison.

  • 22 December 2020

    A bail application by Dr Issam Bassalat has been rejected. Issam Bassalat is a Palestinian doctor from Edinburgh. He is in severe pain as a result of a spinal injury and would have sought treatment in Scotland if his application had been granted.

  • 30 November 2020

    "This inquiry must be prepared to go where no inquiry has gone before", says Aamer Anwar following the opening of the public inquiry into that death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh

  • 28 November 2020

    Sheku Bayoh’s family welcome the statement by Humza Yousaf on Lord Bracadale’s Public Inquiry into the death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh.

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