West Germany Verdict Against Damascus

Hasi is found guilty, and Bonn imposes sanctions on Syria

Speaking before the packed and heavily guarded West Berlin courtroom, Presiding Judge Hans-Joachim Heinze slowly delivered the verdict. As expected, he pronounced Palestinians Ahmed Hasi, 35, and Farouk Salameh, 39, guilty of the March bombing of the German-Arab Friendship Society offices in West Berlin that injured nine persons. The judge sentenced Hasi to 14 years in prison and Salameh to 13 years. But he did not stop there. The three-member panel that heard the case, declared Heinze, ruled that Hasi had obtained the explosives from the Syrian embassy in East Berlin. Said the judge: "The court is satisfied that the Syrian...

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