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Hamas denies approval of Penal Code including amputations, lashes

Public Relations advisor to the Presidency, Legislative Council:
Headline: "Hamas denies its approval of the penal law... The Hamas movement, which controls the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza, hastened to deny the news reports about its approval of an Islamic Penal Code that includes lashes, hand amputation and crucifixion. The public relations advisor to the Presidency of the Legislative Council, Iyad Al-Qarra, said that the council did not discuss any article of the Penal Code."

Note: In the previous two months, official Hamas leaders had proudly announced in the Hamas-run media that this Islamic Penal Code was being prepared, had "14 chapters and 220 clauses" and was nearly ready.

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