Lebanese man sentenced to death for link to Mossad hit

Retired police officer convicted of working on 2006 car bombing that killed 2 Palestinian terrorists.

February 18, 2010 22:41
Mahmoud Rafeh.

Mahmoud Rafeh 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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A retired Lebanese police officer was sentenced to death Thursday for working with Israeli intelligence on a 2006 car bombing that killed two members of a Palestinian terror group.

Mahmoud Rafeh, who is in his 60s, showed no reaction as a judge read the sentence. Death sentences are not uncommon in Lebanon, but they are rarely carried out. Rafeh has two months to appeal.

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The bombing killed Mahmoud Majzoub, a senior Islamic Jihad official, and his brother outside their home in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. Both were Lebanese citizens.

Rafeh was arrested in 2006.

He also is on trial for the assassination of two Hizbullah officials in 1998 and 2003, as well as the 2002 assassination of Jihad Jibril, the son of the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.

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