Palestinian Police Arrest Arafat Advisor

Published June 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An adviser to Palestinian president Yasser Arafat on refugees has been arrested for "spreading false information," a Palestinian security source said Saturday. 

Abdel Fattah Ghanem, 60, was arrested Thursday as he returned from a trip abroad, and is being held by Palestinian police in the West Bank town of Ramallah, the source added. 

A source close to the Palestinian leadership said Ghanem is accused of having made "statements undermining the Palestinian authority and making false accusations via the Internet against Palestinian officials." 

His daughter, Raja Ghanem, told AFP that Arafat had personally ordered her father be arrested, adding that he had "severely criticized the position of Palestinian officials on the question of refugees," a major issue in talks on a final status for the Palestinian territories. 

She also said that people working in Arafat's entourage had taken documents from her father's office in Gaza City, which they were occupying – RAMALLAH (AFP) 


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