On Friday, 1 May, Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi will become the world’s record-holder for serving the longest running prison sentence in the world.The world record for longest time served in prison is only 31 years? And this is in the Guiness Book of World Records?
Barghouthi will have completed more than 31 years in Israeli custody by May, said Abd An-Nasser Farawna, a Palestinian specialist in prisoners affairs. On Friday, Barghouthi will break the Guinness World Record, which is currently held by Sa'id Al-Ataba, a Palestinian who was also in Israeli custody.
According to Farawna, Barghouthi was detained on 4 April 1978. He became the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner after his fellow prisoner, Sa’id Al-Ataba, was released on 25 August 2008 after efforts made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Al-Ataba spent 31 years and 26 days in Israeli custody.
That might be news to this guy who served 64 years in an American prison. And that's just the American record.
Sorry, Nael, you'll have to work a lot harder to get into Guinness.
(It would be nice if Ma'an let us know the terror attack Barghouthi did, but, alas, that detail must not be relevant to the story. )