Hamas court in Gaza Strip convicts killers of Italian activist
GAZA STRIP - A Hamas-run military court in Gaza Strip on Monday delivered life sentences to two men, Mahmoud Salfiti and Tamer Husana, who were accused of the 2011 kidnapping and murder of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni.
Another suspect, Khader Jirma, was sentenced to 10 years for taking part in the murder and a fourth, Amir Abu Ghoula, received one year in prison for helping to harbor the kidnappers.
The verdict followed more than 20 court hearings during which Arrigoni’s family hired an Italian attorney to help monitor the case. Arrigoni was kidnapped in 2011 by Islamist extremists who were demanding that one of their leaders be released from a Hamas prison.
The family of the pro-Palestinian activist had requested that the death penalty not be imposed, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
-- Rushdi abu Alouf
Photo: Men walk in front of a wall with graffiti depicting late pro-Palestinian Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza City. Credit: Hatem Moussa / Associated Press