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Palestine court rejects ex-Fatah member appeal against lifting immunity

English.news.cn   2013-03-28 19:23:58            

RAMALLAH, March 28 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected an appeal filed by a former senior member of President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party against the latter 's decision to strip him of immunity.

A judicial source told Xinhua that the court was unspecialized to deal with the appeal by Mohammed Dahlan, who is still a member of the parliament representing Fatah.

"The conditions of the appeal were not met or completed," the source said, reiterating that that Abbas's decision to lift immunity from Dahlan "will go on."

After nearly a year of discussions, the panel of judges decided unanimously not to accept the appeal filed by Dahlan, who stays outside the Palestinian territories and has never attended in any session throughout the trial.

Daoud Barawi, Dahlan's lawyer, slammed the court's decision, saying rejecting the appeal "opens the door for the executive authorities' decision to be immunized against appealing."

In 2011, Fatah's Central Committee fired Dahlan and referred him to the attorney general for "financial corruption and murder issues."

The move came as Dahlan launched harsh attacks against Abbas, his sons and other Central Committee members in several occasions.

Dahlan was the senior security chief in the Gaza Strip before Islamic Hamas movement routed pro-Abbas forces and took over the coastal enclave in 2007.

Editor: Yang Lina
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