A Palestinian Authority investigatory commission arrived in Bulgaria on Tuesday to examine the circumstances regarding the death of a convicted PFLP terrorist on the grounds of a PA embassy in Bulgaria.
Last Friday, employees at the Palestinian Authority embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria found Naif Hassan Omar Zaid lying dead in the embassy garden.
Zaid, an escaped PFLP terrorist who had been living for the past 22 years in Bulgaria, had found refuge in the embassy after Israel demanded his extradition.
With conflicting claims about Zaid’s condition when he was initially discovered, some suggested that he was killed by Mossad agents.
But the first doctor to examine Zaid, Hani Yousef, believes there was no foul play involved. Yousef, a Bulgarian of Palestinian extraction, told Al Jazeera that Zaid appeared to have suicidal thoughts and was emotionally unbalanced. The most likely cause of death, Yousef argued, was suicide, with Zaid leaping from the first story of the embassy.
Zaid, a member of the radical left-wing Arab terror organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, murdered yeshiva student Eliyahu Amadi in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1986.
In 1990 while serving life sentence, Zaid initiated a hunger strike and was transferred to an Israeli hospital. He managed to escape, eventually making his way to Bulgaria.