did nezar hindawi act alone ,or in collusion with syrian intelligence ?what do you think?
- Shay pLv 76 years agoFavorite Answer
He was an agent of the Syrian Government, on 17 April 1986, Nezar Hindawi a Jordanian, had, at the instigation of the Government of Syria and with the assistance of its officials, including diplomats in London, provided to his Irish fiancée, then pregnant with his child, a bag for a journey she was to make to Israel. Unknown to her, it contained explosives in the expectation that it would be carried by her onto an El Al Boeing 747 aircraft bound from London to Israel; a timing device had been set to detonate the explosives when it was 39,000 feet above Austria with the result that the 375 people on board the aircraft would have been killed.
He was charged with attempting to place on an aircraft a device likely to destroy or damage the aircraft. He pleaded not guilty, but was convicted at the Old Bailey on 24 October 1986 and sentenced to a determinate sentence of 45 years imprisonment.
His recruitment for Syrian state sponsored terrorism: Intelligence suggests that in the autumn of 1985 he was introduced through the Syrian Ambassador in London to Syrian intelligence. After a visit to Germany, it is possible that he trained in Syria. He agreed in February 1986 to attack an El Al plane after Syria said it would avenge an incident involving Israel and a Syrian aircraft. v) His false Syrian passport: His explanation to Professor Eastman for holding a false Syrian passport was that because the Jordanian Government would not issue him with a passport he had used it between February and April 2006. He told the panel that he left or forgot his Jordanian passport in his brother’s flat in West Berlin. When questioned about this, his evidence was not, in the panel’s view, clear. The panel was satisfied that he had used his Jordanian passport until February 1986 but as planning for the bombing of the El Al plane involved the claimant adopting the disguise of a Syrian government official he required a Syrian passport. He had needed a Jordanian passport to
go to West Germany, as there was no German visa in the Syrian passport and he could have left it with his brother as he would not have needed it when returning to London to bomb the El Al plane. In respect of this the panel concluded:
“Given this evidence, [the claimant’s] explanation for being in possession of a Syrian passport is consistent with the evidence and does not amount to any discernible minimisation of the index offence.”