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East J'lem man spying for PA gets jail time

Court sentences Mohammad Jayusi, convicted of joining Palestinian Authority's General Intelligence in 2006, planning terror attacks, to 42 months in prison

The Jerusalem District Court on Monday sentenced Muhammad Jayusi, who was convicted of joining the Palestinian Authority's General Intelligecne, to 42 months imprisonment.


The 21-year-old east Jerusalem resident was convicted of being recruited by the PA's intelligence in 2006 and tailing Israeli citizens and transmitting information on them to the service.


He was also convicted of purchasing weapons meant for use in terror attacks against Jews. Jayusi was convicted of offences that recruitment and arms dealing.


The prosecution requested a harsh sentence, arguing that the defendant's actions undermined the State's sovereignty and created a network of people within the borders of Israel servicing the Palestinian Authority.


Jayusi's attorney, however, argued that his client showed no resolve to carry out a terror attack, did not implement his plans and that the offences were carried out as a result of his dire financial situation.


Judge Nava Ben-Or wrote in the sentence that Jayusi comes off as an unrestrained outlaw that uses dangerous drugs and alcohol and shows no understanding of the severity of his situation.


The judge also wrote that the defendant's remorse was insincere and that he showed no understanding of the severity of his actions or the fact that he had the ability to endanger the public. She added that the chances of him repeating the offences were high.


"Therefore the penalty must convey a message of condemnation to anyone who purchases a weapon to carry out a shooting attack and anyone who acts to undermine the State's sovereignty," the sentence read.


פרסום ראשון: 07.20.09, 12:43
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