Hamas operative pardoned during Schalit deal to return to prison

March 8, 2015 21:46

The Nazareth District Court on Sunday affirmed the decision of a special judicial committee to return Hamas operative Vahiv Ali Abu Roub to prison for the remaining 23 years of his murder sentence following his 2011 pardon and release during the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange.

The court, sitting as an administrative court, rejected the special petition of Abu Roub against a July 2014 decision by the committee to return him to prison on the grounds that he had violated the terms of his 2011 pardon.

Abu Roub had been convicted in 1994 for murdering IDF soldier Liat Gabai by striking her head with an axe on her way home from her base in the Golan and had served 17 years in prison prior to his release, leaving a remaining 23 years.

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