Friday 22 November 2019

Jet bomb plotter Hindawi loses latest bid for freedom

Jordanian Nezar Hindawi. Photo: PA
Jordanian Nezar Hindawi. Photo: PA

THE former fiance of an Irishwoman has lost his latest bid for parole, 26 years after he was jailed for trying to blow up a flight to Israel.

Jordanian Nezar Hindawi (57) was found guilty of trying to bomb an El Al flight from Heathrow airport in London to Tel Aviv on April 17, 1986.

He had placed 3lb of Semtex explosives in Ann Murphy's hand luggage without her knowledge. The bomb could have killed 375 people but Ms Murphy was stopped by security.

She was pregnant with his child at the time.

Lawyers for Nezar Hindawi, 57, argued that he no longer poses a security threat anywhere in the world and could safely be released on licence.

Mr Justice Blake, sitting in the High Court in London, expressed concerns about the case, but he ruled that a Parole Board decision that the Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin must remain behind bars was both "rational and lawful on the information before it".

Hindawi, who faces deportation to Jordan when he is eventually freed, is serving a 45-year jail sentence for attempting to plant the bomb in 1986.

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