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Israel sentences Hamas militant to life imprisonment (REUTERS) Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Alison Williams JERSALEM, ISRAEL 07/01/12 5:35am EDT) Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/01/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUSBRE86004J20120701
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(Reuters) - A Hamas militant was sentenced to life imprisonment by an Israeli military court on Sunday for killing 46 people in a string of bombings during a Palestinian uprising.
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Ibrahim Hamed led Hamas´s military wing in the occupied West Bank until his arrest in 2006, six years after the uprising began.
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Hamas, an Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, had unsuccessfully sought Hamed´s release in a prisoner swap last October in which captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was traded for more than 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails.
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In convicting him last week, the court said Hamed was involved in attacks that included bombings in a central Jerusalem square, a popular cafe in the city and a cafeteria at Hebrew University.
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It said he was responsible for the deaths of 46 Israelis and the wounding of more than 400, and sentenced him to 54 life terms. (© Thomson Reuters 2012. 07/01/12)
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