Abbas would free Ze'evi killer; not protect him

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he would be prepared to free from prison the mastermind of former Israeli Cabinet minister Rehavam Ze'evi's assassination, but he would not be responsible for any Israeli actions against him. Ahmed Sa'adat, head of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the group responsible for the October 2001 assassination of Zeevi, is imprisoned under international supervision in the West Bank town of Jericho. Israel has repeatedly warned the Palestinians that if Sa'adat is freed, it will get their hands on him. "I have no problem releasing Ahmed Sa'adat tomorrow, but with one condition: to have a letter from the PFLP politburo saying that I am not responsible for what would happen to him after that," Abbas told reporters.