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Saudi Hamas Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

A Saudi-born man with Jordanian and Australian passports was sentenced to 30 months in prison for helping Hamas terrorists.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 1/5/2012, 4:04 PM

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A Saudi-born man convicted of helping the Hamas terrorist organization through the use of his passport has been sentenced to 30 months in jail.

The man, 47-year-old Iyad Rashid Abu Arja, also holds citizenship in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, where he presently resides.

He was sentenced Thursday in the Petach Tikva District Court for having agreed to allow Hamas to use his foreign passport to collect intelligence in Israel.

Abu Arja was arrested at Ben Gurion International Airport on March 24, 2011 upon his arrival in Israel after having been sent by his Hamas handlers to establish business and commercial connections with Israeli computer companies.

According to court documents presented at his indictment, Abu Arja is a computer expert who underwent weapons and technical training in Syria.

Abu Arja was asked by Hamas to acquire technology for encryption, photography and missile guidance, and was allegedly testing his ability to enter and leave the country when he arrived at Israel's airport.