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Jewish Extremists Sentenced For Grenade Attack In Jerusalem

March 21, 1995 GMT

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Four teen-age Jewish militants were sentenced today to prison terms ranging from five to 15 years for a deadly grenade attack in Jerusalem.

A 60-year-old Palestinian was killed and eight people were wounded when a grenade was thrown into a crowd of Arab shoppers in Jerusalem’s walled Old City in November 1992.

The four defendants, all supporters of the anti-Arab group Kahane Chai, left the Jerusalem District Court smiling and handcuffed today as supporters cheered.

Their names were not released because they were minors at the time of the attack.

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The father of the youngest defendant said that his then 15-year-old son and his friends were mistreated during interrogation and their confessions were extracted by force.

``There was no evidence, no fingerprints, no witnesses, nothing except their confessions,″ said the father, who gave only his first name, Avraham.

The man’s son, who called newspapers to claim responsibility for the incident, received a 10-year sentence as an accomplice in the killing.

The youth who confessed to throwing the grenade was given a 15-year term. A third defendant was sentenced to 10 years as an accomplice and a fourth who was involved in the planning received a five-year term.

Defense lawyer Jonathan Goldberg said the four defendants were expected to appeal.

Kahane Chai and its sister group, Kach, were outlawed in the spring of 1994 after a Kach activist, Baruch Goldstein, killed 29 Muslim worshipers in a West Bank mosque.

The groups were named for the late Rabbi Meir Kahane who espoused the expulsion of all Arabs from Israeli-held territory and who was assassinated in New York City in 1990.