A reconciliation committee of Palestinian factions urges Hamas to cancel the death sentences against three Palestinian. The Palestinians were sentenced in a Hamas military court. In a letter, the committee expresses concern that the sentences were related to the Hamas-Fatah rivalry and should be addressed through the conciliation committee appointed during Hamas Fatah talks in Cairo.
According to the Palestinian Basic Law, death sentences are to be approved by the president, but according to Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas’ tenure ended on 8 January 2009.
Read: Maan News, “Reconciliation committee urges Hamas to cancel death sentences”, 27 May 2009, http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=210825&MARK=Fatah
Read: Maan News, “De facto gov.: Executions pending approval by committee”, 25 May 2009, http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=210779&MARK=Fatah