GAZA: DEATH SENTENCE ISSUED FOR MURDER
|The military court in Hebron
January 19, 2015: The Court of First Instance in Gaza City, acting as a court of appeal, sentenced E. M. A. (24), from al-Maghazi refugee camp in the Central Gaza Strip, to death by hanging after convicting him of shooting and killing M. B. A. (68), from al-Maghazi refugee camp in a family dispute on 15 February 2009.
A first degree court had sentenced the aforementioned to life imprisonment on 9 March 2014, but the Prosecutor appealed the ruling, and the sentence was raised by the Court of Appeal to death.
It should be noted that the defendant was 18 when the first sentence was issued.
This sentence has been the second of its kind in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since the beginning of 2015 where the first death sentence was issued by a military court in Hebron against (A. L. A.) on 11 January 2015 after convicting him of collaboration with the Israeli forces.
Thus, the total number of death sentences issued by the Palestinian Authority since 1994 has risen to 157, of which 130 have been issued in the Gaza Strip and 27 in the West Bank.
Among those issued in the Gaza Strip, 72 have been issued since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007.
The Palestinian Authority also executed 32 death sentences, of which 30 have been executed in the Gaza Strip and 2 in the West Bank.
Among those executed in the Gaza Strip, 19 have been executed since 2007 without ratification by the Palestinian President in violation of the law. (Sources: The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 27/01/2015)