Shin Bet identifies two prisoners released in Gilad Shalit swap engaging in terrorist activities (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Gili Cohen 04/18/12)
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Israel´s Shin Bet security reported on Tuesday that two Palestinians
released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap have been identified and
linked to terrorist activity.
Some 1,077 prisoners were released in a prisoner exchange deal
between Israel and Hamas to secure the release of abducted Israel
Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit last year.
One of the men is Daoud Hilu, 21, from the Amari refugee camp near
Ramallah. In late March, the Judea military court found Hilu guilty
of attempted trade in military equipment.
According to the Shin Bet, Hilu began this illegal activity a month
after his release in December 2011, as part of the second phase of
the Shalit swap. Following his trial, he will be returned to prison
and serve the entire term he was sentenced to in 2010 – 17 months. In
addition, Hilu was ordered to pay a fine of NIS 2,000.
Another man released in the deal, and identified by the Shin Bet, is
Omar Abu Snina, a Hamas activist from Hebron who was deported to the
Gaza Strip. Abu Snina recruited operatives in the West Bank with the
aim of planning and executing a kidnapping, according to the Shin Bet.
The Shin Bet intercepted a memory card sent by Snina to operatives in
the West Bank, detailing how the abduction should be carried out. "We
should try to obtain resources, weapons and ready-to-use explosives,
but must do so carefully and through the proper channels. We can
obtain the enemy´s weaponry even if we have to use cold weapons
first," he wrote.
Abu Snina also told operatives to report execution of the attacks
using coded messages. "You must not talk openly unless speaking face
to face,” ordered Snina.
On Monday, reports indicated that over the last few months, Hamas has
been sending large amounts of money to prisoners released in the
Gilad Shalit swap, currently living in the West Bank. In some cases
money was transferred to Palestinian villages over the Green Line,
and neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. There were also cases reported
of money being sent into Israel proper.
Since the completion of the Gilad Shalit deal, 8 prisoners released
as part of the agreement have been taken into custody again for
participating in terrorist activity. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz
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