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Hamas court issues death sentence for alleged collaborator

Aug. 6, 2015 1:12 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2015 9:46 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A military court in the Gaza Strip on Thursday sentenced a man to death by hanging for allegedly cooperating with "enemy entities."

The court said the suspect, 30, was sentenced according to Article 131 of the Palestinian Revolutionary Penal Code of 1979, a statement said.

An undisclosed number of fighters were killedbecause of information the suspect passed on to Israeli intelligence services during last summer's war.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel may be punishable by death. All execution orders are supposed to be approved by the president before they can be carried out, but Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of incumbent Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.

In August last year, 18 suspected collaborators were killed by Hamas when the group announced a crackdown on Palestinians alleged to be working with Israel.

Amnesty International said the public executions of suspected collaborators were deliberately calculated to spread fear during the war.
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