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Anti-corruption commission pursues PLO land theft
Published Wednesday 10/10/2012 (updated) 12/10/2012 15:22
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Anti-corruption chief Rafiq al-Natsheh says his commission is working to
retrieve PLO land. (MaanImages/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's anti-corruption commission is working to retrieve PLO-owned land registered to individual PLO leaders, commission chief Rafiq Natsha said Wednesday.

So far in 2012, the commission has recovered around 400 dunums of PLO -owned land, Natsha told Ma'an.

In the past, the PLO's land was registered as the private property of PLO leaders, some of whom have voluntarily approached the commission to return it, Natsha told Ma'an.

Other PLO leaders are claiming they own the land and have refused to return it, he said. They have been asked to produce deeds to prove their ownership, and those who failed to do so have been taken to court and forced to cede the land to the PLO.

Natsha said fraudulent land deals had been minimized thanks to legal procedures targeting land theft.

The anti-corruption commission has been working closely with security forces to pursue those who forged land deeds or stole property, the commission chief said.

The anti-graft body is not authorized to conduct trials, but refers suspects to judicial authorities for prosecution.

Some suspected of land fraud have fled to Israel "but there are ways to chase them," Natsha said.

In a recent case, the commission handled a complaint from Christian clerics who had evidence that four people had sold land belonging to the church using forged deeds. Security services are interrogating the suspects, Natsha said.
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1 ) Filipe / Portugal
10/10/2012 23:51
This is choice !!!!! Who would ever have thought ???

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/10/2012 02:29
Chutzbah prize for the first Zionist to say anything.

3 ) PLO CORRUPT???? / WHAT A ZIONIST LIE
11/10/2012 06:08
PLO IS SAINT

4 ) Kvetcher / Austria
11/10/2012 06:53
Arab brothers fighting Arab brothers.

5 ) Giacomo / USA
11/10/2012 19:48
Chutzpah prize for the first antisemite to say anything. Looks like we have a weiner, I mean winner. See also Palestinian homes bulldozed by Hamas, administrative/political detentions and torture by Hamas and PA, journalists jailed, rampant corruption, violence against protesters, political assassination attempts, all perpetrated by Palestian leaders. Israeli policies are far from perfect, but not to blame for your Wakseh. Unite and negotiate peace, and we will meet you there, G-d willing.

6 ) gabi / australia
12/10/2012 01:19
Colin, I think Filipe wins. And Giacomo why is it that every time someone criticises Israeli policy in the occupied territories, they are called anti-semite? "Negotiate peace?" Read the Likud charter to see how much negotiations the Palestinians can do and what effect any negotiations can have while Israel keeps building settlements and settlers keep harassing Palestinian farmers. "Israel policies are far from perfect"? Well, you got that right.
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