According to recent media reports, Hamas lawmakers have allegedly ratified part of a new legal code based on Islamic teacings. These reports have now been rejected by head of the legal committee for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in Gaza. Punishments under the new law reportedly included the death penalty, ransoms, imprisonment, fines, confiscation and dismissal from a place of employment. According to PLC member Ahmad Abu Halabiyya, the topic had been discussed in a workshop, not in the PLC.
Read: Maan, “Hamas denies ratification of new penal codes based on Islamic teachings,” 24 December 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=34203.
Read: Nathan J. Brown, “Guest Post: Brown, Hamas in Gaza: The Islamic Law That Wasn’t,” Abu Aardvark – a blog by Marc Lynch, 27 December 2008, http://abuaardvark.typepad.com/abuaardvark/2008/12/guest-post-brown-hamas-in-gaza-the-islamic-law-that-wasnt.html