A Gaza court Thursday sentenced a man to death by hanging after he was convicted of premeditated murder, while another man was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the besieged enclave for collaborating with Israel.
A Ma’an reporter said that the criminal division of a Gaza court condemned the murder of Samiha Awad Allah, 72, by the convicted identified only as SH.H. Awad Allah was found dead in her house on Feb. 26, 2015 where it was discovered that she died after being suffocated with a plastic rope and hit with a sharp tool on her head, causing her to bleed to death. According to Gaza’s attorney general, the case marked the sixth death sentence issued this week by the courts in the besieged Gaza Strip.
This ratification of the death penalty law has paved the way for the execution of at least a dozen Palestinians who have been sentenced to death in the besieged Gaza Strip.
In May, senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh announced that 13 Palestinians had been sentenced to death by Gaza courts and would be executed as soon as possible.The spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, said at the time that the UN was “deeply concerned” about the move to implement death sentences in the blockaded Palestinian territory.“
Death sentences may only be carried out in extremely limited circumstances, and pursuant to a trial and appeals that scrupulously follow fair trial standards. We have serious doubts as to whether capital trials in Gaza meet these standards,” Colville said in a statement.“
Media reports indicating that the sentences could be carried out in public also raise alarm, as this is a practice which is prohibited under international human rights law,” he added.Meanwhile, Gaza’s military court sentenced another man to 20 years in prison after convicting him of collaborating with Israel, a charge that is punishable by death in the Gaza Strip.
The man sentenced was 40-years-old and only identified by the initials R.A.The court had reported that the man had been collaborating with Israel since 2003 and had delivered information to Israel regarding resistance efforts in the besieged enclave, including the locations of military sites that were then shelled by Israeli airstrikes. The man had reportedly received payment from Israeli authorities in exchange for the information.