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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Palestinian woman sentenced for spying for Israel.

A Palestinian court sentenced a young woman from the West Bank city of Nablus to 20 years of hard labor for collaborating with Israel.

The woman, whose name was withheld from publication, was sentenced by a court in Jenin Monday after admitting she worked for Israeli intelligence, the Ma'an News Agency reported.

The news agency said the woman admitted to monitoring the movements of resistance fighters and informing Israeli officials of their whereabouts. An official from the prosecutor's office in Jenin told Ma'an the woman was spared the death penalty because it was proved she was blackmailed by Israel into performing the tasks.

Abd an-Nasser Abu Oun of the prosecutor's office said the woman was arrested in May. He said none of her relatives were at the hearing and she decided against appointing a lawyer to appeal on her behalf. More