A judge Monday freed five Palestinians who had served less than three years in prison for a bombing that killed seven people, including a British family of four.

One jubilant defendant, Ibrahim Ali, said he would "do it again, everywhere, . . . until the liberation of Palestine."The five originally were convicted of assassination and sentenced to hang for the May 15, 1988, bombing of a hotel dining room and another attack on a nearby private club frequented by foreigners.

Sixteen months later, the Supreme Court ruled the defendants should be allowed to pay compensation to escape the gallows. The court said the men's crime was not assassination, but murder, which is covered by Sudan's Islamic law blood-money provisions. Assassination is not.