Palestinian official arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel

Published January 17th, 2016 - 09:30 GMT

A staff member from the office of the chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has been arrested on suspicion of leaking documents to Israel, according to Palestinian officials, the Daily Star reports.

The man reportedly confessed to providing information to Israel on Sunday. The suspect worked for 20 years in the negotiation office. Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and his office declined to comment.

Erekat is a prominent Palestinian public official and also serves as the secretary general of the PLO Executive Committee. The discovery of a spy in his office is likely to hurt his standing.

Collaborating with Israel is considered a serious crime in Palestinian society.


Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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