Former Palestinian guard sentenced to die

Published: Jan. 26, 2009 at 10:23 AM

HEBRON, West Bank, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Palestinian authorities say a 28-year-old Hebron man has been sentenced to death for collaborating with Israeli intelligence agents.

The man, whose name was not released, is the eighth person to be sentenced to death in recent months by the three-judge Palestinian Authority court, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

None of the death sentences, which require the approval of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, have been executed, the Post reported.

The man sentenced Sunday was recruited as an informant for Israel in 1997 when he worked at a car wash in Gush Etzion, prosecutors said. He went on to work in the authority's elite Presidential Guard and passed crucial security information to Israeli intelligence agents, the prosecutors said.

The man's actions resulted in the death of a Palestinian gunman and the arrests of Adnan Abayat and Rateb Abayet, two key leaders of Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the Post reported.

The man's lawyer, Yusef al-Ribie, said his client had been tortured during his interrogation and should be released.

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