A human rights watchdog has documented "serious abuses" in the criminal justice system of Hamas, the political movement that runs the Palestinian territory of Gaza.
A 43-page Human Rights Watch report notes arbitrary arrests, incommunicado detentions, torture and unfair trials in the territory since Hamas took control in 2007.
"After five years of Hamas rule in Gaza, its criminal justice system reeks of injustice, routinely violates detainees' rights, and grants impunity to abusive security services," Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director for Human Rights Watch, said in an online posting Wednesday. "Hamas should stop the kinds of abuses that Egyptians, Syrians, and others in the region have risked their lives to bring to an end."
In a bullet-point statement on its website, Hamas' Interior Ministry disputed the report's accuracy and called it biased and political.FULL STORY