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Interpol 'refuses to help' in Arafat adviser case
Published Friday 18/05/2012 (updated) 22/05/2012 17:51
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Muhammad Rashid is thought to have embezzled tens of millions of dollars.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Interpol is refusing to cooperate with Palestinian prosecutors to summon a former presidential economic adviser to the West Bank to answer corruption charges, the attorney-general said Friday.

Ahmad al-Mughni told Ma'an that Muhammad Rashid, who served former President Yasser Arafat, has failed to respond to repeated summons.

Palestinian Authority anti-corruption commission chief Rafiq Natsheh said Wednesday that Rashid was accused of embezzling tens of millions of dollars from the Palestine Investment Fund by setting up front companies.

Natsheh said Rashid's case was transferred to his commission in early May, but said the momentum in the case was not linked to the defendant's recent appearances on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite channel.

Al-Mughni said prosecutors had sent a summons notice to Rashid's office in Cairo over a year ago and that he had called Rashid personally asking him to return for investigations. He said Rashid told him he was unable to enter the West Bank.

The attorney-general added that he had asked Interpol to intervene but it would not help because Palestine is not a recognized state. If Palestine was a member of the UN it would be easier to bring suspects in front of the Palestinian judiciary, he said.

Rashid's arrest is also complicated by his multiple identities, al-Mughni added.

"We heard from Interpol representatives that Muhammad Rashid has more than one passport and moves between countries under different names. We have information that he carries five passports in more than one name."

The PA Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant linked to Rashid's diplomatic passport, he said.
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1 ) Tony B? / ME
18/05/2012 13:27
Listen guys... Interpol has got more important things to do than play pretentious games aimed at fooling the world into believing you are working against corruption. If you really want someone to spill the beans, stop paying the hush money to Arafat's widow.

2 ) christian palestinian / usa
18/05/2012 19:11
I bet this guy is working with the criminal israelis and most of the money he stole probably ended up in their hands, minus a percentage commision for rashid himself. Sounds just like bernie madoff.

3 ) Jane / Pa
18/05/2012 19:25
.....and let that the Palestinian Fund is under the government’s control instead of the sons of President. At the same time kick out the high prosecutor because he is not independent and he works politically as well as the famous Commission for corruption.

4 ) Ahmad / Palestine
18/05/2012 21:44
I condemn that comments service is allowed in Maan English while unavailable in Maan Arabic. Is this intended ?

5 ) @ CP #2 / Simplicity
18/05/2012 21:46
It is much more simple than that ("working with the Israelis").
NO Negotiations & Compromise with Israel means NO Palestinian State,
and NO State means NO Access to Interpol, International Courts, ertc. !!!

6 ) Daraghmeh / Palestine
18/05/2012 22:50
Abbas and his sons are the main source of corruption, why can't the general attorney question them ???

7 ) to number 4 / palestine
19/05/2012 04:09
4 ) Ahmad / Palestine 18/05/2012 21:44 I condemn that comments service is allowed in Maan English while unavailable in Maan Arabic. Is this intended ? KUDOS
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