Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Vigilante justice from the Arafat Brigades

Now, all we need is another vigilante group who will execute people in vigilante groups, and the problems will solve themselves! - EoZ

Militants threaten to hang PA men suspected of corruption : "
By Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades groups in the northern West Bank threatened Tuesday to establish 'revolutionary courts' in order to try Palestinian Authority figures and Fatah officials who served under Yasser Arafat and are suspected of corruption.
They threatened to take the law into their own hands and alluded to the public hanging of officials found guilty in their courts.

The announcement by the group, Fatah's military wing, included the names of senior PA figures and those who had held senior positions in the past who were allegedly involved in corrupted dealings while the late Palestinian leader was in power.

'We are presenting you with our demands and hope that you will take them seriously. We are expecting substantive and quick results within one month. If this does not happen, the Brigades will use their rifles to put an end to all expressions of corruption. They will take the law into their own hands and will establish revolutionary public courts and hanging scaffolds in city squares,' the open letter read.

The announcement, headed by a demand to reveal the causes of Arafat's death, was written as an open letter to PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, to Chairman of the Palestinian National Council Salim Al-Za'anun and interim PA Chairman Rouhi Fattouh.