Arab Terrorist Sentenced to 25 Years Under Emergency Regulations

A military tribunal in Ramallah today pronounced a 25-year sentence on Raad Salman Khatib, an Arab from Abudis village, near Jerusalem, who was convicted of shooting at a civilian vehicle and a police patrol last August 24. The sentence was considered lenient inasmuch as the prosecution had demanded life imprisonment and the law allows the death penalty for the crime. The defense counsel pleaded that the accused had acted on the spur of the moment and had expressed sorrow for his act. Khatib was tried under the emergency regulations of the British Mandatory regime which both Israel and Jordan adopted when the Palestine Mandate was terminated.

Two Israelis, one a former soldier, were arraigned in Tel Aviv District Court on charges of espionage. They are Shimon Kramer, 30, and Meir Eilati, 27. Kramer is accused of crossing into Egypt through the Gaza Strip. Eilati, who served in an armored unit, is accused of having made contact with the enemy through the Egyptian Consul in The Hague.

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