Monitors complained that Saadat, Shobaki and the four other “special” prisoners were given the run of the compound by Palestinian guards
They were not “locked down” at night
They were never separated from the 300 other prisoners
They had mobile phones and computers; Shobaki ordered the monitors’ phone jammers to be turned off
They had up to 90 visitors a week and used other prisoners “as domestic staff”
Saadat kept birds and had a big book collection
Inmates and guards referred to Shobaki as “brigadier”. He smoked up to five Cuban cigars a day
Cigars, birds, flowers and servants — life inside Jericho jail
by Stephen Farrell
Palestinian terrorist suspects are said to have served their time in style before the bulldozers arrived
BRITAIN...paint[ed] a portrait of a jail controlled by inmates living in luxury.
Palestinian guards confirmed yesterday that Ahmed Saadat, a leading militant captured by Israeli troops in the raid, kept birds and flowers in his quarters. Western officials said that Saadat in effect used other prisoners as “domestic staff”.
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It followed reports by monitors that the six prisoners had access to computers, mobile phones and were not “locked down” at night. The monitors said that they were forbidden to search cells and that mobile phone jammers were switched off.