Some Shalit deal prisoners resume terror

April 18, 2012 at 7:09 AM
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JERUSALEM, April 18 (UPI) -- Palestinian prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit swap who return to terror will serve out their former sentences before the new ones, a military court said.

The landmark decision by an Israeli military court last month was made during the trial of Daoud Hilo, 22, from a refugee camp near Ramallah who was arrested a month after his release for illegally purchasing weapons, Yedioth Ahronoth said Wednesday.

Hilo who was sentenced in 2010 to 40 months was released in the second part of the Shalit deal last December after serving only 23 months of his sentence, the newspaper said. With the new conviction he will return to prison for four more years.

According to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) seven Palestinian terrorists released in the Shalit deal have since been arrested on terror charges, the Hebrew daily said.

Another of the terrorists who resumed terror activities after his release and was arrested is Hamas operative Omar Abu Sneina, who was expelled to Gaza as part of the October release, the Shin Bet said Tuesday. In Gaza, Abu Sneina began recruiting Palestinians from the West Bank to kidnap Israelis and wrote detailed guidelines on the best way to carry out the kidnappings in order to gain bargaining power with the Israeli government for the release of other Palestinian prisoners, Yedioth said. The Shin Bet said Abu Sneina also wrote how to obtain weapons and explosives and establish terror cells.

Israel released 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners In October and December 2011 in a two-part deal in exchange for Shalit's release. The Israeli soldier who was nabbed in a cross border raid in June 2006 was held in captivity in Gaza for five years.

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