Federal judge orders Palestinian Authority to post $10 million bond in terror case

Federal judge orders Palestinian Authority to post $10 million bond in terror case

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday ordered the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization [official websites] to post USD $10 million in bond or cash while they appeal a finding [JURIST report] that they supported the militant attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004. The February jury verdict was worth $655 million in favor of 10 American families. The defendants have also been instructed to deposit $1 million per month in excess of the aforementioned bond or cash instruction.

US courts continue to try terrorists that have harmed American citizens. In February a New York federal court sentenced [JURIST report] Adel Abdel Bary, a member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, to 25 years in prison. Last moth the same court sentenced [JURIST report] Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [JURIST news archive] to life in prison for supporting terrorism. In September that court held the Arab Bank liable [JURIST report] for terrorist attacks against US citizens, since it had held the finances of Hamas-affiliated organizations. In October UK suspect Haroon Aswat was extradited [JURIST report] to the US for trial on terrorism charges, and the European Court of Human Rights [official website] supported [JURIST report] the extradition.