Israel: Engineer to be held for duration of trial

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Posted: Jun 16, 2011 11:45 AM
Israel: Engineer to be held for duration of trial

An Israeli court has ruled that a Palestinian engineer abducted from a train in Ukraine will remain in custody until his trial ends.

Israel accuses Dirar Abu Sisi, 42, of masterminding Hamas' rocket program and training fighters in Gaza. He is charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons production. He denies the charges.

Abu Sisi disappeared from a sleeper train in Ukraine on Feb. 19 and resurfaced days later in an Israeli prison. The details of his capture and transfer remain unclear.

Thursday's court decision said he would remain in custody because of the severity of the charges.

Also Thursday, the engineer's Ukrainian wife said she was suing the Ukrainian government for failing to investigate his capture.