The end of the judicial nightmare for the Spanish humanitarian worker Juana Ruiz in Israel is near. A Military Court sentenced her this Wednesday to 13 months in prison and to pay a fine of 14,000 euros for having raised funds for a humanitarian organization that Israel considers illegal and that, allegedly, diverted money to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. organization considered terrorist. It is an agreed sentence that Juana Ruiz, who is 63 years old and has been imprisoned since last April, accepted in order to close the case and leave the country.
– “The court accepted our plea agreement,” explained her lawyer, “which was presented to the court and makes it very clear that the defendant was not involved in the transfer of money to the PFLP. She worked with the health organization, took the money to the health organization, and I had no idea that money would be transferred to the PFLP. “
Both the lawyer and the family of Juana Ruiz believe that he has been the victim of a conspiracy by the Israeli Army against the NGOs that work in the area. Last month, he declared six Palestinian NGOs terrorists. María Rishmawi, daughter of Juana Ruiz, is relieved by the sentence, but does not hide her resentment:
Juana Ruiz’s lawyer is working to try to get his client out of prison within a few weeks, after having served more than half of the sentence under arrest.