Ex-Arafat Aide Guilty in Karine A Case

[Jerusalem Post] An IDF military court in the West Bank has convicted Yasser Arafat's former financial aide Fuad Shubaki of illegal arms dealing, as well as organizing and financing the Karine A weapons boat, which the IDF caught carrying advanced weaponry in the Red Sea as it was making its way to Gaza in 2002. Shubaki was also convicted of bankrolling terror attacks and providing funds for the Aksa Martyrs' Brigades terror group. He coordinated the purchase and subsequent shipment of the arms from Iran, and also channeled money to Fatah terror cells, in both cases acting on direct orders from Arafat. Shubaki told Israel Security Agency interrogators that Arafat had diverted millions of dollars in international aid and taxes transferred to the PA by Israel to purchase large quantities of weapons and fund Palestinian terrorism. He revealed that several senior Palestinian officials were involved in the allocation of the money for military purposes including Jibril Rajoub - head of the PA Preventative Security Force in the West Bank.

2009-07-30 06:00:00

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