GAZA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
July 6, 2010: Gaza's Central Court handed down a death sentence, following the conviction of an An-Nuseirat refugee camp man for the murder of a child.
Nine-year-old Ahmad Mussa Faraj-Allah, also from An-Nuseirat camp, was found dead in a plastic bag in November, with his hands and feet bound. An autopsy revealed that Ahmad was struck over the head with a sharp tool, and sustained a second blow behind his left ear.
A suspect was detained shortly after the boy's body was found, but investigations lasted six months. Police handed the suspect over to psychiatric experts, suspecting he was mentally unstable and requesting he be tested to ensure he was fit to stand trial.
While the man was said by local experts to be Schizophrenic, he was also deemed to have been aware of his actions. The trial began in June.
When the verdict was handed down, the Gaza Ministry of Justice released a statement saying it would ensure every killer was brought to justice. (Sources: maannews.net, 07/07/2010)