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Abu Sisi's Family Denies Charges.

Tel Aviv - PNN - On Monday, the Gazan engineer Dirar Abu Sisi saw charges filed against him for assisting Hamas in developing weapons. His family refutes the charges and asserts that the defendent was threatened during interrogation. The Israeli central court in Beersheba charged Dirar Abu Sisi with upgrading long-range rockets and anti-tank missles for Hamas in Gaza. Also included were charges of attempted murder and membership in a terrorist group.In Feburary the Palestinian engineer was abducted by Israeli forces in Ukraine and was secretly brought to Israel. Both the defendant's family as well as the UN Relief and Works Agency have accused the Mossad of the abduction.Israel later admitted to holding Abu Sisi and subjecting him to interrogation by the Shin Bet security agency.Dirar's brother, Yusef Abu Sisi, told Israeli sources that his brother's record would only reflect that of any Palestinian with an engineering degree. The fact that he has the knowledge doesn't mean he would use it to develop missiles. Abu Sisi's indictment alleges that in 2002 senior Hamas official Nizar Rian recruited Abu Sisi to Hamas' weapons developing committee. He is also charged with having contacts with other members of Hamas such as Salah Shada and Adnan al-Rol, both of whom have been assassinated by Israel.Yusef Abu Sisi also stressed his brother's distance from politics and resistance: He was never a member of any group like the Muslim Brotherhood and certainly not Hamas. Politics just didn't interest him. He is a normal and quiet man.

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Date:Apr 5, 2011
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