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The head of the Palestinian anti-corruption body says he has clawed back $70 million in five years but his investigators have failed to uncover evidence to justify allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars in government funds have gone missing.
Rafiq al-Natsheh, chairman of the Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission, said “tens of millions of dollars” needed to be tracked down and that one of the biggest challenges facing his team was getting funds back that had disappeared abroad.
After years of talk of vast sums going astray – the attorney general of the Palestinian Authority announced in February 2006 that he was investigating 50 cases of embezzlement from the authority’s budget totaling $700 million – President Mahmoud Abbas is under pressure from donors to show he is taking action.
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