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Jailers seize PFLP chief's mobile phone

AMMAN, Jordan, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. and British prison guards have confiscated the mobile phone of Ahmed Saadat, leader of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, to stop him from using it to make declarations to the media, a PFLP source said Wednesday.

Saadat, who is imprisoned in Jericho with four other PFLP members involved in last year's assassination of Israeli Cabinet minister Rehavam Zeevi, was deprived of his mobile phone following complaints from Israel, the source told United Press International.

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The source said Saadat could no longer communicate with PFLP members, his family or the media, but the guards promised to return his mobile phone if he pledged to stop making declarations to reporters.

They want Saadat to limit his phone calls to members of his family, only to inform them about his condition, the source said.

Saadat has made several declarations to the news media using his mobile phone from prison, in which he lashed out at Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's policies in the Palestinian territories.

A Palestinian military court sentenced Saadat and four other PFLP members to prison terms last month after they were convicted in Zeevi's assassination.

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