Dahlan Sues ‘Tyrannical’ Abbas for Corruption

YERUSHALAYIM -

A member of the Fatah Central Committee has filed an international lawsuit against PA President Mahmoud Abbas, claiming Abbas was the author of a campaign of intimidation against him, and saying corruption in the PA is harming the Palestinian people, according to Israeli media reports.

In his suit, Mohammed Dahlan seeks the restoration of his former position in the PA administration and of property confiscated from him, as well as an assurance that he will not be harmed if he returns to Palestinian Authority territory.

Dahlan, who resides in Dubai and Europe, hired an Israeli law firm to file the complaint with the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Dahlan claimed in his lawsuit that Abbas was out to get him because he was seen as a potential competitor for leadership of the PA. He accused the PA chief of “tyrannical behavior, the utter corruption of which, along with the corruption of his family, is damaging to the Palestinian people and the authority’s institutions,” the report said.

A former head of the Palestinian internal security services in Gaza, Dahlan was blamed for the loss of Gaza, sparking an intense rivalry with Abbas. Two years ago, he was expelled from Yehudah and Shomron after Abbas suspected him of organizing a coup.

Since then, he has been become a wealthy businessman and one of the closest confidants of the royal family in the UAE.