Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Monday, November 7, 2011

TUNISIA ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR ARAFAT'S WIDOW

The Tunisian Republic has reportedly issued an international arrest warrant for Suha Daoud Arafat, the widow of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, on corruption charges. The warrant was issued by the Tunisian Court of First Instance. Mrs. Arafat, who had resided in Tunisia for a number of years, was engaged in a joint venture with the wife of ousted Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, who with her husband was convicted, in absentia, of embezzlement and misuse of public funds, and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Mrsa. Arafat's Tunisian citizenship was previously revoked, and she is believed to be presently living in Malta. Whilst Yasser Arafat was alive, she reportedly received $100,000 per month, from the Palestinian Authority, from donor funds allegedly diverted by her husband, to support her opulent lifestyle in a five-star Paris hotel. She reputedly had an entire floor at the Hotel Bristol, where such accommodations cost $19,000 per month at that time.

 She was investigated by French authorities, in connection with multi-million dollar transfers into her accounts from Swiss banks. Yasser Arafat was suspected of having a personal fortune of $1bn-3bn, held in accounts in banks located outside the Palestinian Territories.

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