The convicted man, who was identified only by his initials “A.A,” had allegedly been “collaborating with Israel since 1987,” by informing Israeli authorities of the names of rock-throwers, as well as the locations of residences belonging to people affiliated with Palestinian political movements that Israel has deemed “terrorist organizations.”
The man was also allegedly the cause of numerous detentions and killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces. “A.A stopped collaborating with Israel in 1993, but resumed collaborating in 1997 by providing information to Israel on the locations of Palestinian military resistance movements, which Israeli airstrikes then shelled,” the statement said.
The court on Monday also sentenced a man identified as “M.H” to 10 years in prison with hard labor for collaborating with Israel.M.H was initially sentenced to 17 years in prison, but after an appeal filed to the court, the sentence was reduced to 10 years.
Additionally, the court upheld the sentencing of a 26-year-old man identified as “F.A.,” accused of collaborating with Israel, to seven years to prison.
The court noted at the end of the statement that no further appeal would be allowed to be presented to the court regarding any of the sentences.A court in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip sentenced a man to death on Sunday for a murder he committed in 2011.
Last Sunday, a man was sentenced to death for the premeditated murder of a 13-year-old girl, and on Oct. 5, a Khan Yunis court sentenced a Palestinian woman to death after convicting her of the premeditated murder of her husband.
In May, Gaza-based legislators ruled that death sentences would be “obligatory after all possible appeals against them are completed,” with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh announcing that 13 Palestinians had been sentenced to death 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.
Under Palestinian law, willful, premeditated murder and treason as well as collaboration with the enemy — usually Israel — are punishable by death.
Under Palestinian law, all death sentences must be ratified by the Palestinian president before they can be carried out. However, since 2010 the Hamas de facto administration in Gaza has carried out executions periodically without receiving approval from President Mahmoud Abbas.
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