A court in the Gaza Strip has refused an appeal to a convicted killer's death
penalty, handed down in 2010.
"M.A.", the defendant, is was sentenced in 2010 in Khan Younis for murder,
kidnapping, rape and possession of a deadly weapon.
A court of appeals upheld the sentence in November 2011, officials said.
Abdul Raouf al-Halabi, the head of the high court in Gaza, said the penalty is
no longer subject to appeal.
The number of death sentences issued by the Palestinian Authority has risen to
124 sentences since 1994, of which 25 have been issued in the West Bank and 99
in Gaza, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights says.
Of those issued in the Gaza Strip, 38 sentences have been issued since 2007.
The group has called for an immediate moratorium on the use of the death
penalty as a form of punishment as it constitutes a violation of international
human rights laws and standards.
(source: Ma'an News Agency)