JERUSALEM (Feb. 24)
Abdul Aziz Shahin, reportedly one of the founders of the El Fatah terrorist group, was deported to Lebanon last week, hours after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal against deportation. Shahin, who was arrested in 1967 and served a 15-year jail sentence for possession of sobotage equipment, had claimed that deporting him to Lebanon or Jordan would endanger his life.
His lawyers, Leah Semel and Avigdor Feldman, accused the Defense Ministry of contempt of court, in a telegram to Attomey General Yitzhak Zamir. They contended that the State prosecutor had promised the court to consider a proposal that Shahin be deported to Cyprus where his personal safety would not be in jeopardy. However, before any reply was given, he was expelled to Lebanon.