Israel sentences militant leader to 30 years in jail

December 26th, 2008 - 12:54 am ICT by IANS  

Tel Aviv, Dec 25 (DPA) An Israeli military court Thursday sentenced Ahmed Saadat, leader of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), to 30 years in jail, an Israeli military spokesman said.Saadat had previously been acquitted of arranging the murder of former Israeli minister Rehavim Zeevi, who was assassinated by PFLP militants in a Jerusalem hotel in 2001, and was jailed Thursday convicted of responsibility for other attacks against Israel.

Saadat has been in Israeli custody since 2006 and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly asked Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to release him.

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