In a majority ruling on Wednesday, the Supreme Court reduced from 12 to ten years, the prison term of a man convicted of committing security offenses.
The appellant, whose name was not released, was convicted under a plea bargain in the Beersheba District Court in 2008 after admitting charges of belonging to terror group the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), attempted murder and providing services to the terror group Hamas. However, the plea bargain did not include any deal over sentencing. The appellant said his prison term was disproportionately harsh compared with other cases. His lawyer argued among other things that the court should distinguish between terror activities directed against the State of Israel from those intended to harm armed soldiers.
Justices Miriam Naor and Elyakim Rubinstein held the majority opinion, ruling to accept the appeal and reduce the prison term. Justice Neal Handel held the minority opinion and said the prison sentence should remain the same.
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