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  12/17/2008, Kislev 20, 5769

PA Parliament Chairman Sentenced to 3 Years

An IDF military court sentenced Palestinian Authority Parliament Chairman Aziz Dweik to three years in prison on Tuesday. Dweik, who belongs to Hamas, was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization. He was also sentenced to two years probation and a 6,000 shekel fine.

Dweik was one of 41 PA officials arrested in 2006 and charged with membership in a terrorist group. The time he spent waiting for trial will be considered part of his sentence, meaning he is expected to be released in eight months.