An Israeli District Court in Haifa found two Jews and three Israeli Arabs guilty on Sunday (25 March) of being connected with a Syrian-sponsored espionage and sabotage network.
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Background: An Israeli District Court in Haifa found two Jews and three Israeli Arabs guilty on Sunday (25 March) of being connected with a Syrian-sponsored espionage and sabotage network.
On Monday (26 March), the court handed down prison sentences ranging from two to 17 years to the men. A sixth accused, also an Arab, had expressed his regret for his part in the affair, and was given the lightest sentence - two years.
When sentences were handed down to the original five men, they stood up in court and sang the Socialist anthem, The Internationale.
The first five men all pleaded not guilty. They were convicted of belonging to an illegal organisation. with plans to overthrow the Israeli Government by force. The long trial began last month, and there are still 27 other people waiting trial on charges of taking part in the same organisation.
The five men sent to jail on Monday were Daoud Turki, a 45-year-old bookseller, and the alleged ringleader of the group; Ehud Adiv, a former Israeli paratrooper; Subhi Na'Arani, 28; Anis Karawi, 23; and Dan Vered. The sixth man was Simon Haded, the only accused to plead guilty.
SYNOPSIS: A month-long espionage trial in Hiafa continued on Sunday when the three-man court found six Jews and Arabs guilty of being involved in a spy network. The first five men to be found guilty had pleaded not guilty to the charges of being connected with the sabotage and spy ring allegedly controlled by Syria. A sixth man pleaded guilty. From the time the prisoners arrived, to the time they left, security at the court was intense.
The six men are the first of 27. The others will be tried in small groups over the next few weeks. Before they entered the courthouse, the two Jews said they didn't regard themselves as spies or traitors.
On Monday, the court handed down sentences on the six men. Their terms of imprisonment ranged from two years, for the man who pleaded guilty, to seventeen years......