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State Appeals Jail Sentences For Five Convicts

August 28, 1985

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) _ The state prosecutor asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to increase the prison sentences given five members of a Jewish underground ring, a Justice Ministry spokesman said.

The appeal concerns sentences imposed by Jerusalem District Court on July 10, said spokesman Yitzhak Feinberg in a telephone interview. The prosecutor did not appeal the stiffer sentences given 20 other members of the underground.

The five militants and their sentences are: Barak Nir, six years for his part in the killing of three Palestinian students in Hebron in July 1983; Haim Ben-David, 42 months for his part in the June 1980 car-bombing attacks that crippled two Palestinian mayors; Haggai Segal, Yitzhak Novik and Natan Natanson, three years each for their role in the car-bomb attacks.

Feinberg said Nir received a light sentence because the three judges could not reach agreement. One judge called for a 15-year term, one for nine years and the third for six years.

″We are asking for the punishment to be at least nine years, but it could be up to 15 years if the Supreme Court so decides,″ Feinberg said of the appeal.

He said the court had not yet set a date to hear the appeal.

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