The Nazareth District Court sentenced Muhammad Anbetawi, a 23-year-old resident of the Arab-Israeli village of Kfar Kana, to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of the murder of IDF soldier Oleg Shaichat in 2003.
Shaichat was shot to death in August 2003 by members of the Free People of the Galilee organization.
Anbetawi was found guilty on subsequent charges of abduction, membership in a terror organization, terror activities and four attempted kidnappings, for which he was sentenced to an additional 25 years in prison, to be served consecutively.
Back in August 2003, Anbetawi drove the car in which Shaichat was abducted. His accomplice, Muhammad Hatib, strangled the soldier during the drive and then the two shot and buried him in an olive grove near Kfar Kana.
Members of the Free People of the Galilee further planned to kidnap four other IDF soldier, but their plan never materialized.