• Palestinian officer sentenced to one year in prison for criticizing Abbas
    Oct. 12, 2016 6:47 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2016 6:47 P.M.)

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian military court in Ramallah ordered that a Palestinian military liaison officer be sentenced to a year in prison and have his military rank suspended for writing a post on social media criticizing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Osama Mansour’s sentence was awaiting final approval from Abbas, Mansour’s son said, adding that the order had been issued while Mansour’s lawyer was out of the country.

    • Abbas exempts Palestinian officer from serving prison sentence over critical Facebook post
      Oct. 13, 2016 9:47 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 13, 2016 5:43 P.M)

      RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a presidential decree on Wednesday releasing officer Osama Mansour after a Ramallah military court sentenced him to a year in prison for a Facebook post critical of Abbas.