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Palestinian bombers appeal fails
Samar Alami
Samar Alami was jailed for 20 years in 1996
An appeal by two Palestinians convicted of conspiring to bomb the Israeli embassy in London has been dismissed by the European Court of Human Rights.

Businessman Jawad Botmeh and banker's daughter Samar Alami were convicted in 1996 of conspiracy to bomb the embassy in London two years earlier.

They were originally sentenced to 20 years after two car bomb explosions that did not result in any deaths.

The pair have consistently protested their innocence.

The European Court ruled on Thursday on a claim by lawyers acting for the pair that the convictions contravened Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights - the right to a fair trial.

The judgement took account of "new" evidence released to the appellants' legal team.

However, Thursday's ruling stated that: "the undisclosed material was found by the court to add nothing of significance to what had already been disclosed at trial.

"There has not, therefore, been a violation of Article 6 in the present case."

The pair, both graduates from English universities, were convicted on the basis that they were part of a UK-based extremist terrorist cell, which planned to sabotage the Middle East peace process.

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