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Netanyahu rejects Sarkozy's call to release French-Palestinian militant

Video by Jody JENKINS , Guillaume AUDA

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-14

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the France's call for the release of Salah Hamouri, a French-Palestinian man found guilty of planning to kill a well-known rabbi and political leader.

AFP - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected on Thursday a call by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to free a Palestinian-French man jailed for plotting to kill a prominent rabbi, a government source said.

"The prime minister decided to reject the demand for the release of this Palestinian," the official said, adding that the man "never expressed regret."

Sarkozy recently sent a letter to the hawkish premier requesting the release of Salah Khamuri, a resident of annexed Arab east Jerusalem who carries a French passport.

Khamuri was arrested in 2005 and convicted of plotting to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the spiritual leader of the powerful ultra-Orthodox Shas party, currently a member of Netanyahu's governing coalition.

Date created : 2009-08-13

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