PA economy minister faces corruption charges

By REUTERS
November 29, 2011 18:29

 
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Palestinian Authority Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh has been charged with financial wrongdoing, court sources said on Tuesday, piling pressure on Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's beleaguered government.

There was no immediate comment from Abu Libdeh, who has always denied accusations of corruption. Under Palestinian law he will no longer be able to work as a minister and his functions will be frozen pending a verdict.

A court source said the first hearing in the case, which includes allegations of embezzlement and insider trading before Abu Libdeh took office in 2009, would be held on Dec. 12.

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