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Arafat’s former aide faces embezzlement charges

Mohd Rashid is suspected of transferring millions of dollars out of Palestinian Investment Fund,says Anti-Corruption Commission chief.

Written by Agencies | Ramallah | Published: May 16, 2012 2:34:12 pm

The top Palestinian anti-corruption campaigner says he wants the shadowy financial adviser of the late Yasser Arafat to appear before a Palestinian court on embezzlement charges.

Anti-Corruption Commission chief Rafik Natche told the Voice of Palestine radio today that Mohammed Rashid is suspected of transferring millions of dollars out of the Palestinian Investment Fund and setting up fake companies.

Rashid left the Palestinian territories after Arafat’s death in 2004 and is thought to be moving between countries.

Natche says he asked Rashid to return to the West Bank,but that Rashid refused. Natche says he sought Interpol’s help and asked several countries to freeze Rashid’s assets.

The case would be the biggest since the commission was established in 2010.

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