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Gaza: 2 convicted collaborators sentenced to death

May 23, 2013 4:19 A.M. (Updated: May 25, 2013 7:07 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A court in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday sentenced two people to death and a third to hard labor after they were found guilty of collaboration with Israeli intelligence.

A Ma’an reporter said two convicts, one of whom is 43 years old, were sentenced to death by hanging. A 53-year-old man was sentenced to hard labor. Neither were identified by name.

A military high court in Gaza approved the verdicts.

The Hamas-run security services have cracked down on collaborators in the Gaza Strip since launching a campaign in the media to discourage working with Israeli intelligence.

Collaborators were given a warning and a deadline to turn themselves over to save their lives. As a result, several alleged agents turned themselves in after contacting dignitaries and expressing regret for their actions.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death.

However all execution orders must be approved by the president before they can be carried out. Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of incumbent Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.
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