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Abbas: Betrayal Pays Well

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An arrest warrant was issued. PA officials asked several countries to extradite him. They requested his assets be frozen. Interpol was asked for help. International donors expressed concern about huge sums gone missing.

In early June, a Ramallah anti-graft court convicted Rashid in absentia. He and two others were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. They were ordered to return 33.5 million euros in stolen funds.

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Throughout much of Arafat's rule, rampant corruption allegations surfaced often. He and many other Fatah officials were suspected for good reason. 

Funds to help Palestine went into private coffers. Rashid apparently cashed in like others. He handled PA finances. He knows where the bodies are buried.

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Abbas accused him of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars. He said Abbas embezzled $100 million. Perhaps he knows less than he thinks or isn't telling all he knows.

He said Fatah has a secret Jordanian bank account containing about $40 million. Millions of US donations are included. An unnamed source said Abbas instructed his General Intelligence Service to find Rashid and kill him.

He wants what he knows buried with him. He also wants imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti kept there.

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He's a prisoner of conscience. On May 20, 2004, Israel convicted him unjustly on bogus terrorist charges. He received five consecutive life sentences plus 40 years. 

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