Palestinian deserters jailed

Six presidential guards are convicted for abandoning Gaza during Hamas takeover.

    Gaza witnessed fighting between Hamas
    and Fatah last June [EPA]
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    Two colonels of the presidential guard received three-year sentences, and three lower-ranking officers were each sentenced to 18 months. A sixth man received a five-month sentence and two defendants were acquitted.
    Hamad said he would appeal to the Palestinian supreme court, claiming the military had no jurisdiction in the case.
    Many Fatah loyalists, including leading politicians and security officers, had also fled Gaza during the fighting and have faced no disciplinary actions since then.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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