Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hamas imposes the death penalty in Gaza against a youth accused of spying

Jerusalem .- A military court in Gaza ruled by Hamas, condemned to death a man in Rafah accused of spying for an enemy country. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights details Msallam Shallouf Fadel, 26, has been sentenced to death by hanging. Shallouf was kidnapped in January 2010 by members of the Popular Resistance Committees and delivered to the Internal Security Service in the same month, Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights has been quick to criticize the verdict, since it was imposed "in spite of repeated appeals by human rights groups to prevent the death sentences against Palestinian citizens." The ruling is based on the Revolutionary Penal Code of 1979, established by the Organization for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO), as specified by the commission.

Legal experts claim that this code is unconstitutional when applied by the Palestinian Authority, since it has not been formally approved by the legislature. Therefore activist groups calling for its abolition, to understand also that violates international standards that ensure the fair trial.

This year five people were sentenced to death, three of them for a military tribunal and the other two by a civilian. Throughout 2010 the Hamas government imposed five death sentences.

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