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Tutu hopes Barghouthi release would bring freedom for Palestinians

Monday 28 October 2013 06:04

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Released: Palestinian political prisoner, Marwan Barghouthi

Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouthi(REUTERS)

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he hopes the release of imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi would bring freedom to the people of Palestine.

Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada launched the campaign on Robben Island at the weekend. After meeting with a Palestinian delegation at his home in Milnerton, Tutu said he has been to Palestine several times and has seen the suffering. “I hope the campaign will bring freedom to Palestinians and to the Israeli's as well.”

Tutu had initially thrown his support behind a campaign calling for the release of Barghouthi. At the weekend, he congratulated Kathrada, who spent 27 years of his life as a political prisoner in South Africa, for leading the initiative.

Kathrada signed a declaration on Robben Island on Sunday, calling for the release of Barghouthi and other Palestinian political prisoners.

Barghouthi has been in an Israeli prison since 2002 where he is serving five life sentences. The declaration will be circulated to civil organisations around the world before being submitted to the Israeli government.

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