Aid convoy activist was 'roughed up' during interrogation
Published 03/06/2010 | 05:00
THE Government will demand answers from Israel over allegations a peace activist was 'roughed up' during his detention and interrogation.
Dr Fintan Lane's family hope to welcome him back home today after the Israelis began flying the detainees to Istanbul in Turkey last night.
Dr Lane's parents, Jim and Maura, are planning a special welcome home celebration for their son.
Speaking from their home in Cork last night, the couple said they are relieved their son will not have to endure an extended period under detention in Israel.
Dr Lane is said to be in "good spirits" and looking forward to getting back to Ireland after three turbulent days on the high seas and in custody.
"He has obviously been held incommunicado for the past few days so we don't really know what is happening beyond that he is coming home -- and that is a great relief," Mrs Lane told the Irish Independent.
"The Department of Foreign Affairs have been in constant contact with us but we still don't know precisely when he (Fintan) will get back home to Cork," she said.
The peace activist -- a historian and writer by profession -- was detained together with eight other Irish nationals when Israeli commandos stormed an aid convoy in international waters en route to Gaza on Monday.
Israel yesterday confirmed it is to release all 680 detained aid workers -- and they will be sent home over a 36-hour period.
The Irish Embassy is now seeking clarification from Israel on reports from some Palestinian solidarity officials that Dr Lane may have been inappropriately treated while in custody. Israeli officials have repeatedly stressed all those detained have been well-treated and provided with whatever food and medical assistance they required.
Dr Lane -- together with the other Irish detainees -- were brought ashore at the Israeli port of Ashdod before being transferred to a holding centre at Be'er Sheba where he spent two days.
Irish Palestinian Solidarity Committee (IPSC) chairperson Dr David Landy said he was relieved the detainees are finally being released.