Mastermind of Rehavam Ze'evi Murder Sentenced to Life

Court sentences Majdi Rimawi to life plus 80 years for Ze'evi assassination, other 2001 attacks.

The Jerusalem District Court on Monday sentenced Majdi Rimawi, the mastermind behind the assassination of former Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi, to life in prison, plus an additional 80 years.

Rimawi, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was found responsible for planning Ze'evi's murder and recruiting the operatives who carried out the 2001 attack.

The charges against him included murder, membership in a terrorist organization, weapons charges and involvement in various terror attacks in Israel in 2001, which injured at least 18 people.

The court ruled that "the accused in front of us initiated and planned a long line of attacks, placed explosive devices and car bombs in various locations in Israel during 2001 with the clear intent to kill people and cause damage."

The judgment also said that even if Rimawi did not carry out the attacks himself, he is fully responsible for their execution.