Hamas commander found guilty of killing 46 Israelis (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Chaim Levinson 06/28/12)
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Senior Hamas military commander Ibrahim Hamed was found guilty on
Wednesday by an Israeli military court for the deaths of 46 people in
terrorist attacks during the Second Intifada.
Hamed, 47, started as a Hamas operative in the 1980s. In 2001, he was
released from a Palestinian Authority prison and masterminded a
string of deadly attacks during the Second Intifada, including the
Café Moment, Hebrew University, and Zion Square attacks in Jerusalem
and the Rishon Letzion pool hall attack.
Hamed was arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank in 2006.
Hamed´s house was demolished in 2003 and his wife and children were
deported to Jordan.
Hamas tried to include Hamed among the prisoners released in the
Gilad Shalit swap deal, but Israel adamantly rejected releasing him.
According to the Shin Bet security service, Hamid is a "groundbreaker
in the field of strategic terror" and a "model" for other terrorists.
Hamed was charged and found guilty on 46 counts of murder, and for
six attempted attacks, including failed bids to blow up an oil
refinery and rail lines.
Hamed was found innocent on a charge of attempting to blow up a Tel
Hamed did not testify in court, as he did not recognize the authority
of an Israeli court. The trial took an extended period of time, due
to the fact that the composition of the first panel of judges was
changed after clashes with Hamed on various procedures. The second
panel heard testimony from dozens of witnesses, mostly from the Shin
Bet security service.
The military prosecution´s main evidence was the testimony to police
of Abdullah Barghouti, an explosives engineer who received 67 life
sentences, and Mohammed Arman, a Hamas member who received 37 life
sentences. In their testimony, the two pointed to Hamed as an
initiator of terrorist attacks.
However, Arman gave detailed testimony in court and explained that he
had erred, saying that he wasn´t speaking of Hamed, but rather
another person who was killed by the IDF in December 2003. Barghouti
claimed insanity. Hamed´s lawyer Mahmid Salah argued that Hamed
should be acquitted.
The military prosecution requested that Hamed receive 56 life
sentences. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/28/12)
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