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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Palestinians on Trial

BEIRUT -- Seven Palestinians went on trial Wednesday in Lebanon's first full-scale trial for the murder of a foreign diplomat since the 1975-90 civil war. The accused, all members of the radical Fatah Revolutionary Council of guerrilla leader Abu Nidal, face possible death penalties if convicted of shooting the Jordanian Embassy's first secretary, Na'eb al-Maaytah, on Jan. 29. Political sources speculated at the time that Maaytah was killed to stop Jordan going ahead with a peace agreement with Israel. Abu Nidal's group opposes Arab-Israeli peace talks but has denied involvement in the killing.