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2 Palestinians Convicted in German Blast

November 26, 1986|Associated Press

BERLIN — A court today convicted two Palestinians of attempted murder and weapons violations in a West Berlin bombing and said Syria aided in the attack.

Shortly before the verdicts were announced, West Berlin justice officials said they had issued an arrest warrant for a man identified at the trial as a Syrian intelligence officer. The officials said the man, Abu Ahmed, was sought on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the attack.

The court sentenced Ahmed Nawaf Hasi, 35, to 14 years in prison, and Farouk Salameh, 39, to 13 years. Both men admitted the March 29 bombing of the German-Arab Friendship Society, in which nine people were injured.

West German officials have said the outcome of the trial would play a role in West Germany's relations with Syria.

In Bonn, chief government spokesman Friedhelm Ost refused to say what action West Germany might take.

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