Supreme Court rejects Rehavam Ze'evi assassin's appeal

July 28, 2011 10:10


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The Supreme Court Thursday rejected an appeal by Ahad Olma, one of four Palestinian terrorists convicted of assassinating former Tourism Minister Rehavam "Gandhi" Ze'evi in Jerusalem's Hyatt Hotel in October 2001.

Olma, who was head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's military wing at the time of the assassination, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008.

Olma's conviction was mainly based on information given by witnesses to police and the Shin Bet security service. Many of these witnesses recanted their stories during the trial, and in his appeal Olma argued that the information given to police was not a basis on which to convict him.

The Supreme Court rejected Olma's arguments and ruled that the considerable, detailed information given by the witnesses outside the court was internally consistent and supported by external evidence.

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