Former Arafat aide Rashid says Abbas worth $100m. (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 06/14/12)
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Yasser Arafatís former financial adviser, Muhammad Rashid, stepped up
his attacks on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over the
past few days.
A PA court recently sentenced Rashid in absentia to 15 years in
prison and a $15 million fine on charges of embezzlement of public
funds and money-laundering.
The PA decided to prosecute Rashid after a series of interviews he
gave to the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV station in which he talked
about his experiences as one of Arafatís most trusted aides.
Rashid has since launched a scathing attack on Abbas and his two
businessmen sons, Tarek and Yasser, accusing them of financial
Rashid claimed in an interview with Al-Arabiya that Abbas was worth
$100m. and demanded a probe into his sources of income.
Abbasís ruling Fatah faction has reacted by accusing Rashid, who is
an Iraqi Kurd, of being a traitor and part of an international
conspiracy against the PA president.
Earlier this week, Fatah also issued a warning to Al-Arabiya against
giving Rashid a platform to make his allegations against Abbas.
A Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Tuesday that Abbas has instructed his
General Intelligence Service to track down Rashid, who is believed to
be living in Europe.
The paper claimed that the PA was seeking to assassinate Rashid to
prevent him from exposing cases of corruption.
Inlight Press, a news website that is affiliated with Rashid, claimed
on Wednesday that Abbas has paid 250,000 Jordanian dinars
(approximately $350,000) to a Jordanian newspaper to attack Rashid
and former Fatah security chief Muhammad Dahlan, who is a staunch
opponent of the PA president.
Rashid also claimed this week that Fatah was keeping a secret bank
account in Jordan containing nearly $40m.
He said that he had documents to back up his claim, adding that the
US had contributed $13m. to the account to strengthen Fatah.
The former Arafat aide has also claimed in a number of articles
published on Inlight Press that Abbas had conspired to keep jailed
Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti in Israeli prison. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 06/14/12)
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