Hamas court sentences two Gaza drug dealers to death

The ruling is the first such punishment handed down by the Palestinian judiciary in a narcotics case.

By REUTERS
March 19, 2017 14:11
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Hamas operatives prepare to execute alleged collaborators in the Gaza Strip.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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GAZA - A military court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Sunday sentenced two drug dealers to death, the first such punishment handed down by the Palestinian judiciary in a narcotics case, officials said.

Marijuana and prescription painkillers have been flooding into the Gaza Strip, prompting officials from Hamas, an Islamist terrorist group, to seek tougher penalties for smuggling drugs.

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Both convicted dealers were caught smuggling marijuana, opium and tramadol through tunnels under the border with Egypt, according to a list of their charges.

"Such actions represented a threat to Palestinian national security, with its economic and political dimensions," the court said.

One of the dealers was sentenced to death by firing squad and the other by hanging.

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