Stalwarts join 'Free Marwan Barghouti' campaign

Desmond Tutu and Ahmed Kathrada are backing a campaign to free a Palestinian political prisoner.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Some local struggle icons have thrown their weight behind a campaign to free Palestinian "political prisoner" Marwan Barghouti.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Ahmed Kathrada have voiced their support for the campaign, which was launched on Robben Island by a group of Palestinian diplomats.

The aim of the drive, which is entitled "International Campaign for the Freedom of Marwan Barghouthi and all Palestinian Political Prisoners", is to put pressure on the Israeli government to release Barghouti and other political detainees.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry's Majed Bamya says, "We are facing a country that has always been above the law and has always acted as an outlaw state. It's time to end this impunity and to impose some accountability. We have, in this campaign, huge political and moral weight."