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Ousted Fatah official Muhammad Dahlan has accused Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas of “dictatorship, arbitrariness and
Dahlan’s accusations came in the form of an unprecedented
legal complaint he recently lodged against Abbas with the UN, the EU and the
International Criminal Court. The complaint was filed through the office of
Israeli lawyer Zaki Kamal, deputy head of the Israel Bar Association.
former commander of the PA’s Preventive Security Service in the Gaza Strip,
Dahlan said he decided to “take international and legal measures against Abbas
so that everyone would know about his arbitrary, dictatorial and corrupt
behavior, which harms not only me in person but all Palestinians.”
complaint, a copy of which was sent to US Secretary of State John Kerry, Dahlan
accused Abbas of “political persecution” and “human rights
“Mahmoud Abbas is exploiting the money, resources of the
Palestinians and Palestinian Authority, as well as the security forces he heads,
to carry out his arbitrary measures [against Dahlan] without regard for any
Palestinian or international law,” Dahlan wrote in the complaint.
that since 2010 he had been subjected to a “series of ugly personal
He noted that PA security forces raided his home in
Ramallah in 2010 and arrested his bodyguards.
An elected member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, he also accused Abbas of stripping him of his
parliamentary immunity. He said the PA had confiscated some of his property and
bank accounts, and closed down websites affiliated with him.
claimed that the campaign against him began after he warned against financial
and administrative corruption among the top brass of the PA. He accused Abbas of
“seizing” funds provided by the international community to the
The PA president’s office refused to comment on the