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Fatah leader refuses to recognise Israeli court as terrorism trial begins

Whether or not the Israelis intended the prosecution of Marwan Barghouti to be a show trial, the West Bank Fatah leader did his best to make it one yesterday. Mr Barghouti, 43, who surrendered to Israeli commandos in Ramallah a year ago, is charged with orchestrating attacks that killed 26 Israelis. When the prosecution began presenting its case, Mr Barghouti, bearded and dressed in brown prison fatigues, refused to recognise the Tel Aviv civilian court’s right to try him. He disowned two defence lawyers appointed by the state after his own legal team stood down. “I do not recognise those who are representing me,” he told the three judges. “This court is only representing the Israeli occupation. I do not relate to this dirty process of lies.” Full Story

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