Hamas leader says he met Abbas over imam death

A senior Hamas leader in the West Bank said on Sunday he met president Mahmud Abbas after an imam who was in the Islamist movement died while in the custody of Palestinian security forces.

Hamas leader says he met Abbas over imam death
Nassereddin al-Shaer, who served as deputy prime minister under dismissed Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya, said that he and Ali al-Sartawi, another senior Hamas leader, met Abbas on Saturday for private talks.

Shaer declined to give any details about what was discussed at the meeting which came after Majed al-Barghuti, a Hamas imam, died in police custody on Friday in Ramallah.

Hamas has accused Palestinian security forces of torturing the 42-year-old to death in prison and said Abbas's government in the Israel-occupied West Bank bears "full responsibility for the murder of the martyr."

There was no immediate comment from Abbas's office.

Abbas has meanwhile ordered his forces to investigate Barghuti's death, which security officials initially said was caused by a heart attack.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2008, 17:37