Israel charged on Sunday a man from Jerusalem of transporting funds to Hamas members through Turkey.
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The indictment, filed by Jerusalem's district prosecutor, alleges that Saif al-Din Abd al-Nabi, 39, met a Hamas operative named Zakariya Najib, who was took part in the kidnapping of Nachshon Waxman, a 19-year-old Israeli-American soldier, in 1994.
Najib was released from Israeli prison in 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity in return for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. He was deported to Turkey upon his release.
According to the indictment, Al-Nabi, a businessman who owns a retail shop in Istanbul, met Najib in Turkey. The latter then asked him to transfer funds to families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails or families of slain Palestinian terrorists. Al-Nabi transported some $25,000 to the families, Israel claims, and is charged with contact with a foreign agent and the use of illegal use of assets for terrorist ends.
The prosecution has asked the court to keep al-Nabi in custody until the end of the legal proceedings against him.