PA arrests senior Hamas official's employee in WB

A week after being released from Israeli prison, PA security forces arrest Abdel Aziz Dweik's office director.

July 26, 2012 18:39
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PA police stang guard in West Bank

PA Police 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank Thursday arrested the director of the office of Abdel Aziz Dweik, a senior Hamas representative who was released last week from Israeli prison.

Dweik, who serves as speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was released from Israeli prison after serving six months in administrative detention.

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The director of his office, Baha Farah, was summoned for investigation by the PA’s Preventive Security Force on Wednesday night. Later, he was ordered to be held in detention for 15 days.

Dweik condemned the arrest of his aide, saying the only crime that Farah had committed was receiving his salary from the Gaza Strip.

Dweik held the Preventive Security Force responsible for any harm caused to Farah during his stay in a Palestinian prison in Ramallah. “Is this the way the Palestinian Authority greets me upon my release from Israeli prison – by arresting my assistant?” he asked in a statement.

A PA security official in Ramallah refused to comment on Farah’s arrest.

Dweik, the highest ranking Hamas figure in the West Bank, received a phone call shortly after his release from newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi to offer his greetings.

He was scheduled to meet in the coming days with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, who also phoned him to greet him.

In a related development, PA security forces arrested another four Hamas supporters in the West Bank over the past few days, sources close to the Islamist movement said.

One of the detainees, Rashid Khatib, also works as director of the office of a Hamas legislator in Jericho.

The other three detainees had recently been released from Israeli prison.

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