A Norwegian Left-wing student, Lars Gule, was jailed for six months by a military court in Beirut on Tuesday (19 July) after being convicted of illegal possession of explosives.
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Background: A Norwegian Left-wing student, Lars Gule, was jailed for six months by a military court in Beirut on Tuesday (19 July) after being convicted of illegal possession of explosives. But he was cleared of charges of intending to commit a terrorist act.
SYNOPSIS: The 22-year-old Norwegian was arrested at Beirut airport on May 6 when he tried to board a Middle East Airlines flight bound for Frankfurt, West Germany. He was found to have two pounds of plastic explosives and detonators, hidden in his camping bag.
The military tribunal were shown gelignite carried by Gule. The prosecutor, Mr Assad Germanos, described him as a 'mercenary' and said Gule had been offering himself for sale. But the defence said that Gule had professed great faith in the Arab cause and that he had not intended to use the explosives in Lebanon or any other Arab country.
Gule was acquitted of charges of intending to commit a terrorist act despite his admission that he was going to plant explosives in Israel. He told the court at an earlier hearing that he planned to carry out a mission for a Palestinian commando organisation - the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Gule admitted receiving about pounds GBP580 sterling (US dollars 1,000) from the Front as the price of an air ticket and to cover expenses. But he would not have taken by further sum from them. He said he would have chosen a target in Israel for a bombing on June 5 - the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1967 Arab-Israel war. He has a right of appeal to a higher military court against his prison sentence.