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Hamas urged to commute death sentences for three Fatah men accused of killing two journalistsHamas urged to commute death sentences for three Fatah men accused of killing two journalists

first_img RSF_en May 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas urged to commute death sentences for three Fatah men accused of killing two journalists PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News June 3, 2021 Find out more News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistscenter_img Follow the news on Palestine Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh condemning the death sentences which a Gaza military court imposed yesterday on three men for the May 2007 murder of two journalists, Souleyman Al-Ashi and Mohammed Abdu. The three men are all Fatah members.“We believe that all those who murder journalists should be arrested and brought to trial (…) but we are totally opposed to the death penalty, which violates basic human rights principles,” Reporters Without Borders said in its letter. “Furthermore, this sentence is clearly politically-motivated, a result of the clashes between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Justice, including military justice, should not be used for partisan ends.”The letter added: “Justice should be rendered to Souleyman Al-Ashi and Mohammed Abdu but the death sentences passed on their convicted murderers should be commuted to jail terms.”Ashi and Abdu, who worked for the pro-Hamas newspaper Filasteen, were murdered on 13 May 2007 during fighting between Hamas and Fatah that led to Hamas taking control of the Gaza Strip on 17 June 2007.The three Fatah members who were sentenced to death are Shadi Khadar Ahmed, Raed Sabri Maqusi and Shadi Abdelkarim Madhun. Ahmed, 30, was arrested on 10 October 2007 and is being held by the Gaza police. Maqusi, 29, was arrested on 13 March 2008 but escaped from the Gaza City prison during an Israeli air strike on 28 December 2008 that was part of Operation Cast Lead. Madhun, 30, has yet to be arrested. May 28, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go further Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Organisation May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more