Bedouin man jailed for 'unwittingly' delivering explosive device
Published Sunday 02/03/2014 (updated) 04/03/2014 12:21
The bus following the explosion (MaanImages/File).
TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court on Friday sentenced a Bedouin man from Tel as-Sabi near Beersheba to a year in prison after he was convicted of giving a ride to a Palestinian who later set an explosive device in an Israeli bus.
Defendant Mahmoud Abu Anza was sentenced to a year in prison and three months under probation as part of a plea bargain despite the fact that the District Attorney was convinced that Abu Anza was unaware that the man he picked up was carrying an explosive device.
In addition, the private car that the defendant was driving when he picked the man upwas confiscated.
Mahmoud Abu Anza picked up Sami al-Hreimi on Dec. 22, 2013. He dropped al-Hreimi off in Jaffa, and from there al-Hreimi boarded bus number 240 to Bat Yam, according to Israeli news site Ynet.
He left an explosive device in the bus before getting off with the plan to remotely detonate it. Passengers noticed the bag, however, and the bus was successfully evacuated before the explosive was detonated.
Israeli sources said that al-Hreimi brought the two-kilogram explosive device into Israel through an open area in Israel's separation wall in the south Hebron Hills. He confessed during interrogation that he used to work in a restaurant in Jaffa.
He also told interrogators that he was given a ride by a Bedouin man who drove him to central Israel without being aware that he was carrying an explosive device.
Following the attack, Israeli intelligence forces detained 14 Palestinians from across the West Bank accused of involvement. Among the detainees were four young men from Bethlehem in the southern West Bank affiliated to the Islamic Jihad movement including Shehadah al-Tamari, Hamdi al-Tamari and Sami al-Hreimi himself.