A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip and another from Jerusalem were accused of contacting a Hamas terrorist, who is currently serving time in an Israeli prison, in order to transfer money to the terrorists released as part of the Gilad Shalit Prisoner Exchange in Gaza.

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The Israeli Northern District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment today (Monday) against three members of a terrorist organization for several security offenses including contact with a foreign agent, membership within a terrorist organization and money laundering. Among the accused is 25-year-old Hamas terrorist Ahmad Hassan, who is currently serving a prison sentence for previous security offenses.

Charged alongside Hassan are 26-year-old Gaza resident Saad Abu Warda, who has been illegally residing in Israel since 2011, and 42-year-old Ayman Salhab from Jerusalem. According to the indictment, Abu Warda transferred money from his salary to his family within Gaza through several channels, despite being aware that transferring funds to Gaza from Israel over 12,000 NIS without reporting so to Israeli authorities is illegal.

Furthermore, the indictment asserts that Hassan contacted Salhab in October instructing him to meet Abu Warda in Nazareth in order to retrieve a large sum of money. Salhab was supposed to transfer the funds to the terrorists released in the Gilad Shalit Prisoner Exchange, who are currently located in Gaza and in return, he would receive 400 NIS.

At the meeting, Salhab inquired if Abu Warda had any more funds he would like to send to Gaza and when it turned out that he had 50,000 NIS, the two planned for another meeting. According to the indictment, Hassan instructed Salhab to go to Nazareth the next day to retrieve the money from Abu Warda and then, to drive to Jenin in order to transfer the money to Gaza. Shortly afterwards, the Israel Police arrested Salhab in Afula, where the funds were found in his possession.