Hamas supporters celebrate with people what they said was a victory over Israel in Gaza City, August 27.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A Hamas court in the Gaza Strip on Thursday sentenced two Palestinians to 12 and 15 years in prison for spying for the Palestinian Authority.
The two, Sami Nisman and Naim Abu Ful, previously served as officers in the PA security forces in the Gaza Strip.
Nisman, who received 15 years in prison, carried the rank of general in the PA’s General Intelligence Force. Abu Ful (who was sentenced to 12 years) was a major in the PA’s National Security Force. The two were sentenced by a Hamas “military court,” which found them guilty of “breach of public order.”
The two officers were part of what Hamas described as a PA-engineered conspiracy to instigate unrest and instability in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas claims that the alleged plot was sponsored by PA security officers who fled the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
The two officers are entitled to appeal against the verdict, the court ruled.
The court also sentenced another three PA security officers to prison terms ranging from one to three years for their role in the alleged scheme.
All the officers were convicted of serving as informants for PA security forces in the West Bank.