The Israeli army released on Monday Raslan Thoukan, 33, from Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus, after 42 months of administrative detention.
Thoukan was arrested during an army invasion of the city on the 13th of November 2002, allegedly for being a Hamas member, local sources reported, but he was never given any charges during the entire 42 months he spent in Israeli prison.
Administrative detention is a policy by which the Israeli authorities can keep any Palestinian in custody for an unlimited period of time with no given charges.  Over 1,000 Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention, in contravention of international human rights laws and standards.