"El Al bomber too dangerous to release, court rules," reads the routine-sounding Times (London) headline. Well, that's good news, as Nezar Hindawi tried to use his pregnant fiancée as a mule to blow up an El Al plane in April 1986. Sentenced to 45 years in jail, he became eligible for parole in 2001. Let's hope he's not released anytime soon.
I believe I wrote the fullest account of this particular incident in "Terrorism: The Syrian Connection," a three-thousand-word investigation of the Nezar Hindawi episode published in 1989; it still makes for a good read into the cold-blooded world of terrorism as conducted by the Assad regime. (October 13, 2004)
June 21, 2005 update: All these years later, and only now I find an account of Murphy's testimony at Hindawi's trial, from "Terrorism: Questions About a Damascus Connection" by Jill Smolowe. (It refers to the trial taking place "last week" but is dated 2005.)
Through three hours of courtroom testimony, she had barely raised her voice above a whisper. Now Ann Marie Murphy, 32, fixed her gaze on the Jordanian defendant, Nezar Hindawi, and unleashed the rage she had nursed since April 17, the day she was detained at London's Heathrow Airport with a 3¼-lb. bomb and a detonator in her luggage.
"You bastard you! How could you do that to me?" she shrieked. "I hate you! I hate you!"
Hindawi, also 32, appeared unmoved by the outburst.
April 1, 2011 update: The British legal machinery, in its wisdom, has decided that Hindawi will be out of jail by 2016. Details from the Daily Telegraph: He
must be released on parole no later than 2016. Two years ago the parole board recommended his release on condition that he was immediately deported to his native Jordan. However since then both Jack Straw, the former Justice Secretary, and his successor Ken Clarke, have refused to accept the parole board's recommendation. Two senior judges have now quashed those decisions, meaning Hindawi could finally win his freedom. … The decision will now be reconsidered by the current Justice Secretary or referred to the Supreme Court.