French judge issues arrest warrants over 1982 Palestinian attack on Paris Jewish restaurant
A French anti-terror judge has issued international arrest warrants for three suspects in France’s most deadly anti-Semitic attack since World War II 32 years acter the event. The move comes less than two months after the murder and hostage-taking in a Paris kosher supermarket that followed the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Judge Marc Trévidic issued warrants on 20 February for three alleged members of the Fatah-Revolutionary Council group (Fatah-RC), a breakaway from Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organisation led by Abou Nidal, who died in mysterious circumstances in 2002.
Fatah-RC has long been held responsible for the attack, in which a commando threw a grenade into the famous Jo Goldenberg restaurant in rue des Rosiers, a long-time Jewish area of Paris, and then went inside and opened fire on the roughly 50 customers.
They then ran down the street, firing at passers-by, leaving six people dead in total and 22 wounded.
The three suspects are:
- Mahmoud Khader Abed Adra, alias "Hicham Harb", 59, who now lives in Ramallah on the West Bank;
- Walid Abdulrahman Abou Zayed, alias "Souhail Othman", 56, who lives in Oslo, Norway;
- Souhair Mouhamad Hassan Khalid al-Abassi, alias "Amjar Atta", 62, who now lives in Jordan.
The first two are accused of taking part of the attacks, while al-Abassi is believed to have supervised it.
The warrants send “a strong message to all terrorists”, commented Alain Jakobowitz of the League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra).
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