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Amnesty: 4 men face execution in Gaza

April 5, 2012 8:44 P.M. (Updated: April 5, 2012 8:51 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinian men are on death row in the Gaza Strip and could face execution at any time, an urgent report from Amnesty International said Thursday.

The group identified Mohammed Baraka as one of the detainees who recently lost his appeal. Three other men have also had their appeals rejected recently, Amnesty said.

Baraka, a father of six, was convicted on May 30, 2010, of murdering one of his relatives, the group said. He was sentenced to death and an appeal against the ruling was rejected in February.

Three other men have been convicted of various crimes including kidnapping, murder, political killings and of collaboration with the Israeli army resulting in killings of fellow Palestinians.

Amnesty said it was not able to report full details on the men but it identified them by their initials as Z.J., 38, sentenced to death for abduction and murder, W.K.J., 27, for treason and being an accessory to murder, and M.J.A, for abduction and murder.

The group urged Hamas to ensure that the death sentences are not ratified and that all are commuted. It is also calling for the Hamas government to abolish the death penalty entirely.
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