Jordan orders seizure of former Palestinian security chief’s assets

AFP , Monday 9 Jan 2012

Jordanian prosecutors have ordered the seizure of assets of former Palestinian ‎security chief Mohammed Dahlan, who’s being investigated for corruption and ‎murder in the West Bank

State prosecutors yesterday ordered the seizure of fixed and liquid assets belonging to former Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan, his brother and another person, the Al-Rai Daily reported on Monday, quoting a source at Jordan's Central Bank.

The state-owned paper said the asset seizure was ordered in light of the ongoing investigation into corruption and murder charges against Dahlan.

Last June, Dahlan was expelled from the ruling body of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party over allegations of financial corruption and murder. But he cannot be tried until his parliamentary immunity is lifted by the Palestinian Legislative Council, which has not been functioning since 2007 due to a long-running dispute between Fatah and Hamas, who are now trying to patch up their differences.

Dahlan, who once held the internal security portfolio and was head of Gaza's powerful security forces, was formerly a leading figure within the secular Fatah movement that controls the Palestinian Authority.

However, he fell from grace in June 2007 after the humiliating defeat of his forces by Hamas fighters during days of fierce street battles in Gaza, which saw the Islamist faction expel Fatah forces from the territory.

Two years later, he returned to the political stage when he was elected to the Fatah Central Committee, the party's ruling body, in August 2009.

But in December 2010, he was suspended from the committee, which said it had set up a commission of inquiry to examine his finances and allegedly discovered that he tried to set up a personal militia.

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