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Hamas court reduces life sentences of Italian activist's killers

February 19, 2013|By Rushdi Abu Alouf

GAZA CITY -- A Hamas military court Tuesday reduced the sentences for two militants convicted in the 2011 killing of Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni from life imprisonment to 15 years.

The Supreme Military Court accepted an appeal from Mahmoud Salfiti and Tamer Husasna, former police officers who were convicted in September in the kidnapping and murder of Arrigoni.

Arrigoni, 36, a longtime member of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, was kidnapped on April 14, 2011, by a previously unknown group of Islamist extremists. The kidnappers demanded that Hamas leadership free some of their members who had been arrested.

The activist's body was found hanged in an abandoned house in northern Gaza.

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