Terrorist Who Planned to Poison Israeli Cafe-Goers Released From Prison

A waiter waits for customers at a restaurant in a street in downtown West Jerusalem, on December 10, 2015. Following months of attacks and clashes across Israel and the West Bank that have killed scores of people, Jerusalem's once bustling nightspots are virtually deserted as the party season gets into …

Ynetnews reports: Fourteen years after he planned to poison Israelis in the popular Cafe Rimon in Jerusalem, Sufian Bakri Abdu was released from prison. Abdu headed the terrorist cell which planned to carry out the attack during the Second Intifada.

His family prepared a welcome-home party in the neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem.

Abdu was arrested in August 2002 after he planned the poisoning attack and colluded with Utman Said Kianyah from Silwan, a chef in Jerusalem’s downtown Cafe Rimon. The two agreed that Abdu would provide Utman with the poison who would then put it in the cafe customers’ food and drinks.

The poison was supposed to go into effect 15 hours after being consumed making it more difficult for authorities to identify traces of deliberate poisoning, making cardiac arrest a more plausible cause of death.

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