Court sentences Hamas's Hamed to 54 life terms

Judea Military Court hands down sentence following the former W.B. Hamas head's conviction for killing 46 people.

July 1, 2012 11:49
A masked Hamas man holds a gun [file]

A masked Hamas man holds a gun 370 (R). (photo credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)

The Judea Military Court sentenced Ibrahim Hamed, former head of Hamas’s military wing in the West Bank, to 54 life terms in prison on Sunday.

Hamed was convicted last week of overseeing a series of suicide attacks which killed 46 people and wounded more than 400.

Hamed was convicted of planning, organizing, assisting and executing the December 2001 bombing at Zion Square in Jerusalem; the March 2002 attack at Cafe Moment in Jerusalem; the May 2002 bomb at Sheffield Club in Rishon Lezion; and the July 2002 attack at the Hebrew University. His attacks killed 46 people and injured dozens.

Hamed, 47, from Silwad, became active in Hamas in the late 1980s. The Palestinian Authority imprisoned him, but he was released in 2001. Following his release he carried out and coordinated a series of lethal terror attacks.

Hamed was arrested in 2006 after an eight-year manhunt.

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