IDF military prosecutors filed an indictment against senior Islamic Jihad operative Bassam al-Saadi on Thursday for alleged incitement and membership of a terrorist group.
According to the indictment, al-Saadi, who was known to be a senior member of the group, worked to further establish the organization’s activities, including receiving funds from the Gaza Strip.
He also called for the continued violent struggle against Israel and tried to avoid arrest by posing under a false identity to Israeli security forces who had come to apprehend him last month in the West Bank.
The arrest of Basem al-Saadi
Saadi, 61, was arrested at his home in Jenin refugee camp by Border Police and IDF together with one of his closest aides, who was previously imprisoned in Israel for terrorist offenses.
The arrest raid involved an exchange of fire between the forces and Palestinian gunmen who fired from close to the building where al-Saadi was holed up. Several explosive devices were also launched toward security forces. Many weapons were and large sums of cash were also seized.
During the operation, many weapons were also seized, including a gun, cartridges and M-16 bullets, as well as large amounts of cash.
A-Saadi resisted arrest, and was slightly injured by a dog that participated in the activity. There were no casualties among the forces, one Palestinian gunman was killed in the exchange of fire.
He was in Israeli prison no less than 7 times following extensive terrorist activity over the years, and served as the head of the Islamic Jihad in Samaria.
With the filing of the indictment, the prosecution requested that A-Saadi be detained until the end of the legal proceedings in his case.
At the defense attorney's request to study the evidence, his detention was extended at this stage until August 28, at which time a hearing will be held on the prosecution's request to extend his detention until the end of the legal proceedings.