Another Death Sentence in Gaza

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CHALLAH @ WAFA

A Hamas military court Thursday sentenced a 27-year-old Palestinian resident of Gaza to death by hanging after it found him guilty of treason and conspiracy to murder, according to Hamas Ministry of interior statement.

It said, without giving any further details, that the ruling was based on the 1979 Palestinian Revolution Punitive Law.

Two death sentences have been issued in Gaza thus far in 2012.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights:



The total number of death sentences issued by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has risen to 124 sentences since 1994, of which 25 have been issued in the West Bank and 99 in the Gaza Strip.  Among those issued in the Gaza Strip, 38 sentences have been issued since 2007.

It should be noted that the 1979 Revolutionary Penal Code of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is unconstitutional when implemented by the PNA, as it has not been presented to, nor approved by the legislature. Since 1995, PCHR has repeatedly called for the abolition of this Code as it violates international standards of a fair trial.

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