Israel’s Public Prosecution on Monday rejected a request to postpone the imprisonment of Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement, due to the spread of coronavirus. 

The request submitted by the prominent leader’s defense team was rejected “although there is an obvious risk due to the spread of coronavirus,” lawyer Khaled Zabarqa told Anadolu Agency.

Salah is scheduled to begin a 17-month prison sentence on Wednesday over incitement charges, Zabarqa said.

“The decision of the Israeli public prosecutor is unjustified and irresponsible,” the lawyer noted, stressing that the justifications for the decision “were motivated by revenge against Salah”.

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