The third time the judge said ten years, when he came around the fourth time, he pronounced that he sentenced us to
fifteen years in anger.
They might as well have sentenced us to
death,' she said.
Police arrested all of us - four people - but my friend confessed that he was the only one, who stabbed the victim, but the court didn't listen and charged us with murder and sentenced us to
death penalty, stamping it as the final verdict.
On June 4, the Egyptian judiciary convicted 43 NGO workers, including Egyptian staff, and sentenced us to
one to five years in prison for "working illegally" and "accepting foreign funding." I, along with all the other "fugitives" who were tried in absentia, got the toughest sentence of five years.
"We were apprehended one and a half kilometres after crossing the border, and brought to Eilat Police Station where we were held for 14 months until an Israeli court sentenced us to
4 years in prison.
The Moroccans sentenced us to
ten years in jail [in our absence]'
But what unites Bassam and me is not just the death that the Occupation sentenced us to
. What unites us is principally faith and a willingness to raise the children that have been left to us so that they will never again allow corrupt, greedy and power-hungry politicians and generals who thirst for blood and conquest to rule over their lives and set them against each other.
"It was the same old story, we again paid a high price for switching off and individual errors sentenced us to
defeat," said O'Callaghan who named Hanrahan as his side's best player.
Mr Holdroyd, of Queen Street, Ashington, added: "Carr sentenced us to
life and he is never going to change his ways, so why should he come out again?
"We were all stood in the dock and the judge sentenced us to
four and a half years.
The county judge called us communists, sentenced us to
two weeks in jail, and ordered us to pay fines and restitution totaling $4,800.