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  2/23/2014, Adar 23, 5774

High Court Cuts Time for Planner of Soldier's Murder


A three-judge panel of the Supreme Court reduced by nine months, Sunday, the 35-year sentence given to Popular Resistance Committees terrorist Mahmad Maharah for his planning and active participation in attacks in Israel, including one that took the life of soldier Gil'ad Fischer during the Sukkot holiday of 2004 in an Israel Defense Forces outpost near Gaza. The judges ruled the punishment out of proportion for Maharah's role of setting up a lookout post two weeks ahead of the attack.

Fischer's mother took issue with the decision, calling the terrorist's intelligence role in the attack important.

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