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Abbas foe Dahlan sentenced to 3 years on corruption charge

 

RAMALLAH - A Palestinian court on Wednesday sentenced Mohammed Dahlan, a political foe of President Mahmoud Abbas, to three years in prison for allegedly embezzling $16 million as a Cabinet minister.

 

Dahlan has lived in exile since falling out with Abbas in 2010. He was sentenced in absentia.

 

Since the rift, Abbas has taken a series of steps to block Dahlan's possible return to a West Bank leadership position. Egypt and other Arab states urged Abbas to allow Dahlan's return.

 

Wednesday's ruling came after a constitutional court upheld Abbas' right to strip Dahlan and four of his allies of their parliamentary immunity.