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Gaza court sentences man to death by hanging for wife's murder

March 2, 2017 1:32 P.M. (Updated: March 2, 2017 3:50 P.M.)
(File)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- A court in the besieged Gaza Strip sentenced a Palestinian man to death on Thursday after finding him guilty of the premeditated murder of his wife.

The man was convicted of stabbing his wife 15 times in November 2015, killing her.

The sentence was issued following several hearings at the Deir al-Balah court, after the woman’s family’s refused to sign a reconciliation agreement.

Several Palestinians have been executed in Gaza after Hamas-affiliated members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza approved the enforcement of death sentences last year.

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh announced at the time that 13 Palestinians had been sentenced to death by Gaza courts and would be executed as soon as possible.

Under Palestinian law, willful, premeditated murder and treason as well as collaboration with the enemy -- usually Israel -- are punishable by death. However, all death sentences must be ratified by the Palestinian president before they can be carried out.

Despite this, the Hamas de facto administration in Gaza has carried out executions periodically without receiving approval from President Mahmoud Abbas since 2010.
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