28 November 2010

Nezar Hindawi: eligible for parole?

That's an interesting one:

A man jailed for 45 years for plotting to blow up an Israeli airliner flying out of Heathrow today challenged the government's refusal to accept a parole board recommendation to release him.

Nezar Hindawi, 56, is a Jordanian serving what is believed to be the longest specified prison term imposed by an English court, having been found guilty of attempting to plant a primed bomb on an El-Al aircraft with 375 people on board flying to Tel Aviv in 1986.
There are a few people out there aiming to blow up a plane, but this one is quite diffrent. Here is why:
He concealed the Semtex explosive in the luggage of his pregnant Irish fiancee, Anne Murphy, without her knowledge, and did not accompany her on to the flight.
And now he is fixing to get a parole. To remind you what his fiancee thinks about him:
''I hate you! I hate you!'' The witness' shouts echoed in the hushed courtroom. ''I could kill you. I hate you. I hate you. You bastard you.'' Anne-Marie Murphy's outburst was directed at Nezar Hindawi, the father of her daughter who is charged with planting 3 pounds of high explosives in Murphy's hand luggage before she boarded an El Al jetliner bound for Israel at Heathrow Airport on April 17. 
Even if he gets that parole some time later, I hope someone squashes him like a stinkbug he is.


Anonymous said...

<span>He can't have been jailed for  45 years. He would be only 11 years old!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

He was jailed for 45 years and so far has done only about 24 years out of that time. So the accounting is quite OK. He is 56 yrs old now, was 32 during the trial.

Anyhow, may he rot in jail.

Yitzchak Goodman said...

The Syrian role in the original plot is interesting.

A. Decker said...

How they figure...how long to jail one for what crime, bumfuzzles me. I don't think someone who enacted plans to murder bunches of people should ever be let out. Eh! "Justice" ain't justice anyways.

Dick Stanley said...

Mass murders, wouldbe or otherwise, tend not to be paroled. Too bad they have no death penalty. These questions would not arise.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Interesting? I guess it's a way to describe it. A simpler word would be "leading".

SnoopyTheGoon said...

The problem is that justice, like any other industry, strives to standardize its process. This includes the jail terms. 

In other times King's words: "Lock the bastard up and throw away the keyes" would have been sufficient. And fitting this case.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

For many criminals rotting in jail forever is worse than death, so I am not 100% sure what is more fitting here. 

Yes, I agree that parole would be a mistake for another 100 years or so.

David All said...

Dick, since fortunately the bastard did not kill anyone, though certainly he did try to carry out mass murder, the death penalty would not apply. I do agree that he should spend the rest of his life in a maximun security prison. What I wonder is how long before the terrorists try something similar on a US airliner? Maybe this time with a pregnant lady who is a willing participant in the terrorist plot.  

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Could happen.