June 22, 2021

The Government recognizes that it must ensure that the activist detained by Israel has all the judicial “guarantees”


Spain has had to mediate so that Spanish women detained in Israel since last April 13, accused of collaborating in the financing of a group considered terrorist by that country, Juana Ruiz, has decent hygiene and food conditions, as well as minimal guarantees in the judicial proceedings opened against her. This is recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a parliamentary response to the ERC and EH Bildu group in the Senate to which elDiario.es has had access.


A Spanish NGO worker, detained without charge by Israel for two weeks and awaiting a military hearing

A Spanish NGO worker, detained without charge by Israel for two weeks and awaiting a military hearing

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Ruiz, who has lived in the West Bank for decades, is a project coordinator at the Palestinian NGO Work Committees for Health and was arrested on April 13. Israel accuses her of using the organization to finance another group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which they consider to be a terrorist. From that day on, “the Consulate General in Jerusalem and the Embassy in Tel Aviv” mobilized to provide “comprehensive assistance” to women. Among them, “consular visits to the jail where Mrs. Ruiz is, as well as attendance at the judicial hearings that have been held to date,” according to the response offered by the Government to the senators and dated this June 9.

Foreign Affairs recognizes that its personnel in Israel have had to take “steps and to ask for the improvement of the conditions of the detainee, especially food, hygiene and care and that all phases of the process are carried out with full guarantees” . The ministry led by Arancha González Laya assures that “on all the occasions in which the detainee has appeared before an Israeli judge (8, to date), the Consul General or the Deputy Consul General have appeared.”

Ruiz was detained for weeks without any charges being brought against her, with regular interrogations without proper legal assistance. Something that the Government claims to have reversed: “Multiple steps have been taken in this regard to ensure adequate legal assistance,” as the response points out.

In fact, the trial was scheduled to take place in this same month of June, but the Spanish pressure, according to the Government, has made it possible to delay the date so that the activist’s lawyer had time to prepare the defense. In fact, the lawyer, Gaby Lasky, assured that he had only visited his client once.


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