|Busloads of freed murderers arrive in Gaza |
on the day of the Shalit exchange, October 18, 2011
His official name is Mahmud Abdallah Abd al-Rahman Abu Sariya, and he appears at position number 189 in the official terrorists-going-free list published by the Israel Prison Service in mid-October 2011. He has other names which are explained here. Abu Sariya or Ayman Sharouna (which is what Ynet calls him) or whatever nom de guerre he now goes by was convicted of attempting to execute a mass murder of innocent people (not politicians, not soldiers, just ordinary Israeli pedestrians) in Beer Sheva's Old City in 2002. He failed and was sentenced to 38 years in prison. In fact he served only 8 or 9.
A special three-judge panel is expected to convene early next week at the Ofer Military Court near Ramallah to discuss the terrorist's punishment. Shortly after the Shalit deal went through, then-GOC Central Command Avi Mizrahi asserted that any freed Palestinian inmate who is arrested on suspicion of committing a security violation or criminal activity is to be brought before a panel that would decide his fate. Sharouna's case is the first to be brought before the commission, whose ruling could set precedent. IDF officials said that dozens of prisoners who were freed in the West Bank as part of the Shalit deal have breached the terms of their release, although most of the violations consisted of prisoners leaving their residential area or failing to report at the Coordination and Liaison Administration once a month.
Issa Qaraqa, the Palestinian minister of prisoner affairs, confirmed that the released prisoners under the 'security arrangement' would be "very restricted in their movement". [Al Jazeera]
The story is that one of the prisoners told Israeli security that he has no problem scuttling the entire Shalit deal by refusing to sign, and word got around to the other prisoners about his refusal, so they followed suit, some saying "we will free ourselves anyway." The Prime Minister's office, somewhat defensively, said that signing the form was never part of the agreement.
The almost-unnoticed press photographs of the reception celebrating Tamimi at the Family Court of Amman in the Jordanian capital on October 19, 2011 are here.