Would-Be Assassin of Rav Ovadia Yosef Re-Arrested

YERUSHALAYIM -
Harav Ovadia Yosef, zt”l. (AP Photo/Enric Marti, File)

The terrorist who attempted to assassinate Hagaon Harav Ovadia Yosef, zt”l, has been arrested again in east Yerushalayim for participation in an illegal organization, according to French and Palestinian media reports on Sunday.

Salah Hamouri was imprisoned for attempting to assassinate Harav Ovadia Yosef in 2005 and belonging to a terrorist organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

After a three-year administrative detention, he accepted to plea bargain to avoid to 14-year sentence and was sentenced to 7 years by a military tribunal.

Hamouri was set free in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner deal.

The French consulate in Yerushalayim reportedly said it was reviewing the case. A diplomat, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also told a reporter at Le Monde that the consulate’s staff was working to provide Hamouri, a French citizen, with consular assistance and legal representation.