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Court to Retry Man Convicted for Plotting Hadera Bus Blast

A military appeals court in the West Bank town of Ramallah ordered a retrial last week of the case of the case of a Palestinian who was sentenced to death for plotting a fatal terror attack.

In mid-November, Said Badarneh was sentenced to death for involvement in the Hadera suicide bus bombing. In the attack, which took place April 13, 1994, five Israelis were killed and 30 people were wounded.

In their ruling last week, the judges ordered a retrial because of irregularities in the original trial. Among the irregularities cited were the lack of an evidentiary hearing and the illegal use of evidence from a Hamas activist.

The lawyer representing Badarneh welcomed the decision. In the initial trial, Badarneh, who never denied the charges against him, was found to have played a central role in the planning of the attack.

The five-judge panel was expected to overturn the death sentence and instead impose six concurrent life sentences, Israel Radio reported.