The Palestinian Authority has released former al-Aqsa Brigades
commander Zakaria Zubeidi
from a Jericho jail on Saturday together with seven other inmates.
Palestinian Interior Minister Said Abu Ali has signed an order for their release as a gesture for Eid al-Fitr,
which is marked on Sunday.
Zubeidi was arrested
last May as part of a Palestinian security forces operation in Jenin after shots were fired at Governor Kadura Musa's house. Musa died of a heart attack that same night.
Zubeidi and other officials, some of whom were members of the Palestinian security forces and the al-Aqsa Brigades, were suspected of involvement in the shooting incident.
Losing its grip on the refugee camp in Jenin, the PA had launched a large scale operation to detain suspects.
Last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
announced he was releasing some prisoners as a gesture for the holiday but Zubeidi did not appear on the prisoners list.
On Friday, Zubeidi's brother announced he was launching a hunger strike in protest of his incarceration. Zubeidi claimed he was never formally charged with any offence.
The eight prisoners released Saturday are scheduled to stand trial soon.