Palestinians wearing Hamas, Fatah masks 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah)
The IDF announced on Monday that the Samaria Military Court had sentenced senior
Hamas terrorist Muhammad Haruyash to 24 years in prison for attempting to carry
out terror attacks.
According to the IDF, Haruyash was involved in
Hamas’s security arm between 2003 and 2009. A security source said that he was
captured on September 15, 2009.
After an interrogation period, he was
indicted on November 11 of that year, said the source. Haruyash was accused of
22 offenses, including several attempts to kill security forces, the source
In several of the incidents, he engaged in close exchanges of
fire with security forces, and on one such occasion, his arm was injured.
Haruyash was also accused of participating in the advanced planning of suicide
attacks against Israel in 2004, along with other Hamas agents.
said that after an extensive series of hearings regarding the evidence in the
case – including claims by Haruyash that statements which he made to
investigators were obtained illegally – the court dismissed all the claims the
terrorist made in his defense and convicted him.
Before arriving at its
decision, the court compared the differing accounts of Haruyash and his
interrogators, who came to court to testify, said the source. The court found
the interrogators’ account of the interrogation to be more credible, accepting
the confessions he made to interrogators as admissible evidence.
22 offenses, Haruyash was convicted of 18 and acquitted on four for insufficient
Among the offenses for which he was acquitted are some, but not
all, of the shooting incidents ascribed to him, assembling explosive material
and contact with foreign agents, according to the source.