PFLP leader Ahmed Saadat sentenced to 30 years

Ahmed Saadat, secretary-general of the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was sentenced by an Israeli military court Dec. 25 to 30 years in prison for heading a “terrorist organization.” An Israeli army statement said Saadat, also a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was indicted on 19 “terrorism-related charges,” including overseeing the PFLP’s military operations, membership in an illegal organization, arms-dealing and incitement.

When Israeli forces seized Saadat in March 2006 in a controversial raid on a Jericho prison, he was accused of planning the 2001 murder of far-right Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi, carried out by four presumed PFLP militants. (RTT, Dec. 26)

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