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Senior PLO official detained for 3 hours by Israeli police
Published Saturday 21/12/2013 (updated) 22/12/2013 17:45
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Former Palestinian prime minister Ahmad Qurei was released after Israeli police detained him and his guards for three hours near Ma'ale Adummim east of Jerusalem on Saturday, a source privy to details told Ma'an.

Qurei, who served as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2003 to 2006, was detained around 1:30 p.m. in the central West Bank after Israeli police claimed that his driver had exceeded the speed limit and was driving at 140 km/h, the source said.

Qurei refused to give the Israeli police the driver's identity card as requested, and he was subsequently detained.

He remained in detention until 4:30 p.m., when the group was released after the Palestinian military liaison office got involved.

The director of Qurei's office told Ma'an earlier that Israeli police had attempted to arrest one of his guards without giving a reason.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the situation is being handled entirely by the Israeli police, without providing further details.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he could not confirm the incident.

The issue will be further discussed on Sunday between Palestinians and Israelis, the source added.



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1 ) Ahmad Qurie is MULTIMILLIONAI / RE//// HOW DID HE BECOME
21/12/2013 19:18
SO RICH??? Curious people want to know

2 ) munmun / palestine
21/12/2013 21:00
i witnessed the scene. I was in Azzaria for a family gathering. Many guests arrived very late complaining the heavy traffic due to road closure by the police. We did not know the reason at that time. I left to Jerusalem around 16:00 and saw the terrible traffic jam and road closure on the opposite lane and saw the car in the picture. Now I understand that I encountered and witnessed very rare incident. I thought it was usual road block by police and/or soldiers with which we are so accustomed.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/12/2013 21:42
Just making the relationship clear...

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/12/2013 23:20
Yet another case of an overpaid "professional driver" trying to break the law and get away with it. There have been a few high profile Israelis stopped and ticketed in the past year. Qurei is a nice guy, but his driver is most likely due a big fine for breaking the law. A reminder to all Maan readers: Israelis and Palestinians have killed more of each other on the roads than in all the wars combined.

5 ) @ Colin-3 / Clarity
22/12/2013 02:47
Israel should do a better job of "making the relationship clear", where: - 3 Years, or 3 Decades, would have been better than 3 hours, and - 3 PLO officials, or 30 officials, detained with him for 3 decades would have been even better still, and much clearer still !!!

6 ) Chimo / USA
22/12/2013 04:14
#1, yes yes, he along with Mr. Erekat, Mr. Arafat, Mr. Abbas, Ms. Arafat, and lets not forget the Christian mouthpiece for the PLO/PA Ms. Hanan Ashrawi. How did they amass such wealth while the rest of their society lives like paupers? By stealing funds out of the aid sent by the idiot eurotrash who love to demonize Israel and boycott their institutions of higher learning.

7 ) spb / us
23/12/2013 04:01
Abut co~alla

8 ) DTJ / FL
23/12/2013 11:29
lol
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