Sweidan was detained due to a report published on the website of Nablus TV, which Sweidan runs in the northern West Bank. The report accused the PA’s preventive security service in Nablus of helping Israel detain locals from the village of Beit Furik who allegedly shot dead an Israeli settler and his wife on Oct. 1, 2015.
An Israeli military spokesperson said at the time that several shots were fired at the settlers’ car from a passing vehicle, which fled to a nearby Palestinian village following the shooting.
Nablus prosecution accused Sweidan of slandering public authorities, making up and publishing false news, violating Palestinian press laws, publishing items which contravene nationalistic responsibilities, breaching journalistic ethics, publishing material inciting hatred and violence, and publishing material that can harm national unity.
The district attorney decided today to extend his remand for 24 hours.