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Hamas court upholds death sentence against collaborator

English.news.cn   2013-05-23 21:23:48            

GAZA, May 23 (Xinhua) -- A Hamas-run military court upheld the death sentence against a Palestinian accused of collaborating with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a source said Thursday.

The source, an official from the attorney general's office, said that the death sentence against the collaborator was final.

He added that the court's ruling has been referred to the Hamas cabinet for approval.

Hamas, which took over Gaza by force in 2007, approves and executes death sentences without the endorsement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose rule has been confined in the West Bank since his forces lost Gaza.

Rights group criticize Hamas for implementing the capital punishment without the approval of the president, considering it as a violation of the basic law.

Meanwhile, the source said that the court also handed down death sentence against another collaborator, but the verdict can still be appealed.

The new rulings come as Hamas ended its leniency for collaborators with Israel. Earlier this month, Hamas announced the end of a campaign that encouraged collaborators to turn themselves in for amnesty.

Last year, some Hamas militants carried out public executions against seven people on charges of collaboration during an eight- day Israeli military operation against Gaza, where the suspects were handed over to the militants.

Since 2007, Hamas has officially executed 14 Palestinians accused of collaboration or other crimes.


Editor: Sha Sha
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