Israel: Shalit detainee rejoined Hamas

Feb. 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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JERUSALEM, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A reputed terrorist released in the deal that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been arrested and could return to prison, the Israeli military said.

Ayman Sharouna, 36, was picked up last week in the West Bank after Israeli intelligence determined he had rejoined the ranks of Hamas in violation of the terms of his release, the military said.

Sharouna will go before a military court next week to determine if he will be locked up again to serve out the remaining 27 years of his prison sentence for a 2002 terrorist attack in Beersheba, said Wednesday.

Sharouna was one of dozens of prisoners release from Israeli prisons in return for the release of Shalit by Hamas captors who had held him prisoner for five years. He is the first to be re-arrested, which Ynetnews said would likely make his punishment a precedent for future such cases involving any of the other former prisoners.

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