Hamas sentences prisoner for murder: interior ministry
October 24, 2013
Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers sentenced a murderer to death on Thursday, the interior ministry said, just weeks after another criminal was hanged in a move that outraged human rights groups
A court in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip sentenced a man who it did not name to "death by hanging for the murder of Aliyan al-Tilbani" during an armed burglary at a biscuit factory, a statement from public prosecutor Ismail Jaber said.
Four other men were sentenced to life in prison and forced labour, for taking part in the burglary during Tilbani's father was also wounded.
Hamas on October 2 hanged another convicted murderer, 28-year-old Hani Abu Aliyan, in the first death penalty for a criminal offence for more than a year, despite repeated calls from international human rights groups to commute his sentence.
The Islamist movement normally reserves the death penalty for "collaborators," and in June this year hanged two men accused of collaborating with Israel.
Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel, murder and drug trafficking are all punishable by death.
Hamas, which took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, carried out its first hangings in 2010 of two men accused of collaborating.
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