Israel National News (Link) - Gavriel Queenann (July 7, 2011)
The investigation of a number Palestinian Authority ministers in Salam Fayyad’s current caretaker administration over allegations of fiscal malfeasance and moral corruption puts the lie to claims a PA state would be viable.
On Thursday, the Maan news service reported the PA anti-corruption commission was seeking to have parliamentary immunity lifted on a number of ministers it wants to question pursuant to administrative mismanagement, unfair hiring practices, and pilfering ministerial budgets for their own use.
Rafik Al Natsha, who heads the commission, told Voice of Palestine radio the investigations would be transparent and fair.
The names and number of officials being investigated by the commission have not been released, but the commission said in January it was investigating 80 cases of corruption and had already recovered $5 million from former officials. International observers say $5 million is likely just a drop in the bucket.