TEL AVIV (Jun. 19)
A military tribunal in Nablus has sentenced terrorist gang leader Said el Assba, to life imprisonment for a series of acts that caused at least one fatality and scores of injuries to civilians. The court described the defendant as a man who lost all semblance of humanity.
He is held responsible, among other crimes, for planting bombs in the Tel Aviv and Petach Tikva vegetable markets and placing bombs on buses where they would do maximum damage to innocent persons. Although Assba did not personally carry out the bombings, he planned and organized the out-rages, manufactured the bombs and gave the orders, the court said. Assba showed no signs of remorse at his sentencing. On the contrary, he expressed satisfaction over the casualties he caused and regretted only that more people were not killed.