Tobias Ellwood criticises three death sentences in Gaza

Tobias Ellwood, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for the Middle East, has condemned three death sentences which took place in Gaza on 6 April.

The decision was made by a military court in Gaza City and related to drugs offences which were committed. It was the first decision of its kind since the creation of the Palestinian Authority.

Ellwood said in a statement:

“I strongly condemn the three death sentences carried out in Gaza on 6 April. This decision reflects a worrying trend of increasing use of the death penalty in Gaza.

It is the long-standing position of the UK to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances. We have repeatedly called for the de facto authorities in Gaza to respect the Palestinian Authority’s moratorium on implementation of the death penalty”.

Amnesty International said in a statement:

“The fact that these three civilian men were condemned to death after being convicted in unfair proceedings in military courts makes their executions all the more outrageous”.