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Medical Help Sought for Danish POW

An international campaign has been launched to obtain better conditions of confinement and medical care for Swiss militant Marc Rudin, who is currently serving an eight year prison sentence for alleged robbery in Denmark. Rudin is better known as Jihad Mansour, the movement name he adopted while working with the Palestinian resistance from 1979 to 1991. During that time he designed the covers of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) magazine Democratic Palestine, as well as other posters and graphics for the Palestinian cause.

In 1991 he was arrested while crossing into Turkey and spent 18 months in prison there before being extradited to Denmark. Once in Denmark he was accused of being the "fifth man" in the November, 1988, robbery of a post office. The proceeds, totaling over $2.5 million, were allegedly intended for the Palestinian resistance.

In October, 1993, Rudin was sentenced to eight years imprisonment after being convicted solely on the basis of police allegations. Since being imprisoned he has been treated far worse than other prisoners. He is denied both exercise and normal association with other prisoners. Rudin is held in a provincial prison, making it difficult for his friends in Copenhagen to visit him. He is being held in semi-isolation in a 15 man unit for "problem" prisoners.

Campaigners are calling for an end to Rudin's prison segregation and the petty restrictions placed on him. They are demanding his return to a Copenhagen jail and permission for him to resume exercise. They are also calling for independent medical treatment of Rudin's high blood pressure and kidney problems. Further details can be obtained from: Anti-Repression Committee-Marc Rudin, International Kulturforum, BBC Box 286, Vesterbrogade 208, 1800 Frederickberg C, Denmark.

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