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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Hamas offers to grant amnesty to collaborators and train them to be resistant fighters

Hamas grants amnesty to collaborators, official says
Published yesterday (updated) 02/12/2012 18:25
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=544198

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's ministry of interior will pardon collaborators
who turn themselves into authorities, a Hamas official said Sunday.

Interior minister Fathi Hammad, speaking at a graduation ceremony for Hamas
security officers, said that anyone who confesses to collaborating with
Israel will be pardoned and the details of their crimes kept secret from
family and friends.

They will then be trained as resistance fighters, Hammad added.

Once the amnesty period is over, anyone found guilty of collaborating with
Israel will be tried and sentenced, the minister said, adding that Hamas is
trying to secure the home-front and prevent Israel from obtaining
intelligence about Gaza.

Seven Palestinians accused of spying for Israel were publicly executed
during the latest assault on Gaza.

Masked gunmen shot the alleged collaborators in two public attacks, killing
one person on Nov. 16 and another six people on Nov. 20.

At the time, Hamas security officials said one man had confessed to aiding
Israel while the six others "were caught red-handed" and "possessed hi-tech
equipment and filming equipment to take footage of positions."

A Ma'an review of publicly available records as well as interviews with
experts in Gaza showed that all of the men had been in the custody of the
Hamas government for months and in one case years before Israel launched its
"Pillar of Cloud" operation.

Taher al-Nunu, a spokesman for the Hamas government, promised a full
investigation into the killings, which he described as unlawful, while
senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahhar dismissed criticism from Palestinian
human rights groups.

Deputy chief of Hamas Mousa Abu Marzouq said the killings were "not
acceptable at all," and demanded that those responsible be held accountable.

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