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Arab Terrorist Inadvertently Freed

An Arab terrorist between jail terms was inadvertently freed last week and Police Commissioner Rafi Suissa has ordered an inquiry to find out how it happened.

The prisoner, not identified by name, had completed a prison term for one offense and was awaiting trial on charges of entering the country illegally to commit a terrorist act. Instead of going to court he was included in a group of three other Arab prisoners being expelled to Egypt.

The four were turned loose at the border in dead of night since Egypt would not officially accept them. Prison sources said the mix-up occurred because the man awaiting trial had a name similar to a prisoner about to be released.