Justice Minister: At Least Ten more Palestinians will be Tried for \'Collaboration\'
Palestinian Justice Minister Freih Abu Medein said Sunday that at least 10 more Palestinians would be brought to court for collaborating with Israel, according to Haaretz newspaper.
He said the collaborators would receive the same type of trial as the Palestinians who were executed in the past few days had received.
"It must be understood that the Palestinians are in a state of war," Abu Medein said.
On Saturday, a Palestinian court sentenced two Palestinians to death for collaborating with Israel in the killing of a leader in Fateh movement.
The security court passed death sentences on Mohammed al-Khatib, 28, and Hossam Homeid, 18, for providing Israeli security services with information that helped them kill Hussein Abayat, 37, the Fateh military chief in the southern West Bank, said AFP.
Two other Palestinians, Hanna Salama, 19, and Wajih Abu Zneid, 18, were sentenced to life imprisonment by the same court, whose sentences cannot be appealed, for collaborating with Israel.
Two Palestinians were executed by firing squad Saturday.
Their execution was the first by the Palestinian Authority for collaboration since its formation in 1994.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak denounced Sunday the executions, according to Haaretz.
Barak's office said in a statement that he "sharply condemns the summary proceedings" against the men, and their executions that followed shortly afterwards.
"It is regrettable that the Palestinian Authority, which is striving to become a recognized entity, uses show trials reminiscent of darker times," the statement said.
French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine, said AFP, also condemned the execution, saying it underlined the urgent need for peace in the Middle East.
"This is distressing," Vedrine told private radio station Europe 1, adding: "I have the same reaction vis-a-vis all death sentences and executions, wherever they may occur." -- Albawaba.com
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