CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An Israeli military court sentenced PFLP (Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine) chief Ahmed Saadat to 30 years in prison.
Saadat, 54, who masterminded the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, was found guilty of heading an illegal terrorist organization.
IDF forces arrested Saadat during a raid on a Palestinian Authority (PA) prison in Jericho in 2006, charging him with planning Ze'evi's murder.
Saadat was active in the first intifada (armed Palestinian uprising) in the late 80s.
In October 2001, he replaced PFLP leader Abu Ali Mustafa, killed in an IAF (Israel Air Force) helicopter strike on his offices in Ramallah in August 2001 during the second intifada (2000 - 2004).
Saadat vowed to avenge Mustafa's death.
A popular figure among the Palestinians, the imprisoned Saadat was elected to the PA parliament in January 2006.