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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Shocka: Corruption at 'Palestinian Airlines'

If you knew that there is such a thing as 'Palestinian Airlines,' you probably won't be too surprised to hear that there are corruption allegations connected to it.
Based in Egypt and owned by the Palestinian Authority, the three-plane fleet operates out of the El-Arish Airport south of Gaza in Egypt, and offers once a week flights to Amman. It also offers charter services to Saudi Arabia during the pilgrimage season.

Captain Ziad Al-Badda said his administration has handed documents to the Palestinian Authority corruption committee proving former staff embezzled the airline's funds.

Al-Badda told Ma'an Radio that he gave documents to the PA corruption committee to investigate financial irregularities concerning former general director Mansour Ibrahim Said, and Imad Ad-Din Abu Khalil.

He said Said received $190,000 from the PA Finance Ministry to repair an airplane in London, but it was later revealed that the plane was not repaired.

He also said that Libya hired one of the fleet's aircraft for a $500,000 fee. The money disappeared, Al-Badda said.

The general director said he retrieved the plane from Libya when he took office in 2009.
Shocking. Just shocking.


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At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet they can't resist blowing up their own planes - an expensive habit!

At 9:10 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

They have an airline?

Shy Guy, who knew?



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