Palestinian faces death for selling land to Israel

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April 28, 2009 19:24

 
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A Palestinian military court has sentenced a man to death by hanging for selling land to an Israeli company. Land sales are considered treason by the Palestinians because of their long-running dispute with Israel, however the sentence is unlikely to be implemented. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas routinely withholds the required approval for executions. Several others are on death row as suspected informers for Israel. The sentence was handed down Tuesday in a military court in Hebron after two days of closed-door hearings. Prosecutor Issa Amer said the defendant sold land that didn't belong to him in the village of Beit Ummar using forged documents.

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