Palestine reportedly seeking arrest of exiled former-minister

It is reported that Palestine will seek the arrest of exiled former-minister Mohammed Dahlan, convicted in his absence of stealing public funds, following its acceptance as a member of Interpol (see previous blog).  However, Dahlan believes the charges against him, which were made 2 days after his rival President Abbas removed his parliamentary immunity, to have been politically motivated.

Dahlan is currently resident in the UAE, where he is said to have close ties to the country’s rulers.  This raises some doubt as to whether Palestine will be able to secure his extradition.

Interpol accepts Palestine and the Solomon Islands as members

Interpol has accepted Palestine and the Solomon Islands as members, bringing the total membership to 192 countries. It has not yet said how many votes were cast in favour of Palestine’s membership.