Adviser to Arafat wanted for embezzlement, fraud (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 05/16/12)
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Muhammad Rashid, who was one of Yasser Arafatís closest advisers, is
wanted by the Palestinian Authority for embezzlement and fraud.
Rashid, who is better known by his nickname Khaled Salam, served for
many years as Arafatís top economic adviser.
Rakif Natsheh, head of the PAís Anti- Corruption Commission,
announced on Tuesday that Rashid was wanted for involvement in
corruption cases and embezzlement of public funds, especially those
belonging to the Palestinian Investment Fund.
Natsheh said that Rashid was also suspected of having established
fictitious companies to lay his hands on public money.
Despite repeated requests by the PA authorities in the West Bank to
report for questioning, Rashid has refused to comply, prompting the
anti-corruption commission to seek Interpolís help in arresting him,
He said that the PA has already asked a number of countries to freeze
the former adviserís bank accounts and other assets.
The decision to issue an arrest warrant against Rashid came two days
after he appeared on the Saudi-owned TV station Al-Arabiya and talked
about his work with Arafat and the PLO.
Rashid said in the TV interview that Arafat appointed him as his
economic adviser in 1994, when the PA was established following the
signing of the Oslo Accords.
Rashid, who was born to a Kurdish family in Iraq, was the man behind
the Oasis Casino project in Jericho. He persuaded Arafat to agree to
the project by arguing that only Israelis would be allowed to gamble
there, since Islam forbids gambling. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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