Hamas agent plotted to kidnap Israelis, indictment says

August 25, 2011 12:29


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An indictment was filed on Thursday in the Petah Tikva District Court against Muhammad Hamza Yusuf Otman,  a suspected Hamas agent.

According to the indictment, 28-year-old Otman was tasked by Hamas with establishing a covert paramilitary squad to attack Israeli targets in Jordan.

Otman plotted to kidnap an Israeli civilian in Amman, kidnap an Israeli diplomat, fire at the Israeli embassy in Amman and fire missiles from Jordan into Israel.

Otman is also charged with multiple counts of contact with a foreign agent, membership in prohibited groups, providing services to prohibited groups, carrying out prohibited military training, conspiracy and weapons offenses, according to the indictment.

State prosecutors are also requesting that Otman be held in custody for the duration of the proceedings.

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