Palestinian forces raid house of former Fatah strongman

Published July 28th, 2011 - 08:14 GMT

Palestinian forces have raided the residence of former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan who is under investigation on charges of murder and corruption.

According to eyewitnesses at al-Tirah neighborhood in Ramallah, Palestinian forces surrounded Dahlan's house in Ramallah at 7:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) and forced their way in and seized his assets, AFP reported on Thursday. 

The Palestinian forces removed weapons, files and computers from the residence, while Dahlan was apparently locked in one of the rooms, witnesses said. 

Several weeks ago, the Fatah Central Committee (FCC) decided to expel Dahlan from the party over allegations of financial corruption and murder.  The decision for his expulsion was made over charges that Dahlan was plotting against Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas.

The latest incident took place a day after officials at the FCC said they had decided to refer Dahlan's case to the attorney general and the anti-corruption commission. 

On Wednesday, a Fatah court rejected an appeal by Dahlan against his expulsion from the party. 


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