The Jerusalem District Court on June 21 sentenced a self-confessed Jewish guerrilla to ten years' imprisonment for his role in an anti-Arab underground group.
1. SV & CU Police van arrives at court. (2 SHOTS) 1.10
2. SV Accused men out of van (Peli last one out). 0.19
3. CU PAN INTERIOR Gilad Peli walking to courtroom; assists cameraman who falls over. 0.35
4. SV Peli led out of courtroom and back down stairs. 0.44
5. CU Interview with Peli's father. (SOT) (2 SHOTS) 1.13
6. CU Woman holding baby watches as Peli is led from courthouse into van and driven away. (2 SHOTS) 1.48
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The Jerusalem District Court on June 21 sentenced a self-confessed Jewish guerrilla to ten years' imprisonment for his role in an anti-Arab underground group. Defence lawyers said they were shocked by the severity of the sentence passed on 31-year-old Gilad Peli. Twenty-five other defendants are still on trial, many of them accused of more serious crimes. Peli , from Jerusalem, was convicted of membership of a terrorist organisation, conspiracy to blow up Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque and plant bombs in the cars of West Bank Arab leaders, destruction and theft of army property and transporting arms. He admitted his guilt in plea bargaining, in exchange for the dropping of a charge of attempted murder. He is the only defendant to admit the existence of the alleged underground. The other sentence imposed so far in the case was an 18-month-jail term on a Jewish settler found guilty of transporting mines. Other defendants face charges including planting bombs on Arab buses, murdering three Arab students and attempting to murder three Palestinian mayors in the occupied West Bank. Judge Israel Weiner told Peli: "Democratic rule cannot tolerate the existence of such a terror organisation and will take tough measures to destroy it". He said the sentence should serve as a deterrent. Peli, bearded and wearing a skullcap, looked stunned by the sentence and refused to talk to newsmen. A woman, believed to be his wife, stood with a baby in her arms outside the courthouse as Peli was led out. Peli's father, Matiyahu Peli, said his son had been sentenced for "loving the land of Israel". Peli's lawyer said he was consulting other defence lawyers in the case about whether to appeal in the Supreme Court.
Source: REUTERS - ELI FASTMAN