Human rights leader in Gaza arrested without charge by Palestinian police

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Jerusalem - A human rights leader in Gaza has been arrested without charge by Palestinian police because he criticised the government of Yasser Arafat.

Dr Iyad Saraj, head of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens Rights, was said to be "under investigation" for "violating the law". His real offence appears to be an interview given to the New York Times in which he criticised human rights abuses in Gaza.

There have been numerous accounts of severe torture inflicted on militants arrested by Palestinian police. Mr Saraj has not been seen since Saturday.

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