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    ZRIFIN -- The trial of Therese Halassch and Rima Issa Tannous, for their part in the Sabena Airline hijacking ended yesterday.

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    Mr. Henigman added: "Youssef and Zacharla (the two male terrorists who took part in the hijacking and were killed when Israeli soldiers stormed the aircraft at Lod Airport) gave the girls all their weapons and explosives to carry. The men took the easy way out, of only giving orders and forcing them to obey."


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    Background: ZRIFIN -- The trial of Therese Halassch and Rima Issa Tannous, for their part in the Sabena Airline hijacking ended yesterday. The military bench will hand down its verdict Monday morning.

    In their summing up speeches, the two defence lawyers asked for acquittal.

    Mr. Eliezer Carni, Rima Tannoua, lawyer, described her as "an orphan girl who hasn't had one good day in her life. She took to narcotica/and was raped at the age of 14. Coming form such a background. It is easy to see why she fell prey to the terrorists, and was forced into the Fatah. The prosecutor had managed only to humiliate her but not break her testimony," Mr Carni said.

    The second defence attorney, Mr. Jacob Henigman, claimed that the prosecution had not managed to prove that his client, Therese Halasseh, had been a member of the Fatal. "It is known that from the moment the arrived in Lebanon she was a prisoner of these people. She was always under guard. She herself said that she had wanted to return the next day but was not able to."
    Sgan-Aluf David Ylaraeli, the chief Army prosecutor,said that the court was in possession of irrefutable confessions from the accused, and should find them guilty on all four counts. Their testimony had been given of their own free will.

    The prosecutor raised a number of points which the defence had failed to make, and them preceded to refute them one by one.

    Rima joined the terrorists of her own free will. She has worked for ??? Foud in Amman knowing all the time that he was the ??? of ??? e-Seeka cell, and that the medical clinic was only a front for terrorist activities. She was not imprisoned by the Fatah, but moved around freely, travelling to Damascus, Beirut, Cairo and Algiers.

    S/A Yisrseli added; "Membership in the Fatah has also been proven concerning Therese Halassch. She wrote in her confession that she left Israel for Lebanon to join the Fatsh. Once in Lebanon, she received the code name of Samira, and under went military training at a Fatah base."
    An interesting point that S/A Yisrseli raised concerned the willingness of the two to blow up the plane, together with themselves and all the passengers. "They had a conditional intent to blow up the plane.

    And a conditional intent is equal to intent for all legal purposes.

    At the end he said, that even though the defendants committed part of their crimes not on Israel territory, under the international and Israel law, the court is entitled to try them.

    The tribunal is made up Sgan-Aluf Aharon Alpern. Rav-seren (res) Yehoshua Ben-Zion and Rav-Seren (res.) Zippora Neriya.

    (UPI reports from Cairo that the Confederation of Arab Lawyers has asked international legislative bodies to intervene in the trial of the time girls, when at said ??? international law and ??? feelings.")

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