• Short Summary

    An Israeli Military Court today (Monday) sentenced two young Arab girls to life imprisonment for their part in the hijacking of a Belgian airliner last May.

  • Description

    An Israeli Military Court today (Monday) sentenced two young Arab girls to life imprisonment for their part in the hijacking of a Belgian airliner last May. The three judges in Sarafand passed the sentence by a majority ruling -- two advocated life imprisonment, the third favoured the death penalty for the two accused, 21-year-old Rima Tannous and 19-year-old Therose Halasseh.

    The judges rejected the girls' claims that they had been unwilling tools of the male hijackers on May 8 and 9, when they held 100 passengers and crew of a Sabena aircraft hostage at Lydda Airport, demanding the release of hundreds of Arab guerrillas from Israeli prisons. The two girls were the only survivors - their two male partners were shot dead when Israeli troops stormed the aircraft disguised as maintenance men.

    In the passing of sentence, Tribunal President Lieutenant-Colonel Ayaron Alpern said the girls had "willingly and knowingly" participated in a "barbaric deed of holding innocent hostages under threat of explosives to secure the release of criminals."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8W91IGDFD46YOFG76PJIUSRKR
    Media URN:
    VLVA8W91IGDFD46YOFG76PJIUSRKR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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