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OLAF to quiz terror group

Officials from European Union anti-fraud unit OLAF are planning to question the toughest suspects of EU corruption imaginable - jailed members of the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

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Whether OLAF investigators will change their interrogation techniques from those they have honed against Brussels bureaucrats caught with their fingers in the subsidy jam jar is not known, as OLAF is refusing to comment on the revelation made by Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz.

The newspaper claimed that the anti-fraud team had sought Israel’s permission to quiz members of the terror group who are being held in its prisons.

Given that OLAF is staging an ongoing inquiry into the use of EU funds given to the Palestinian Authority, it is anticipated that the Israeli government will grant the request.

Haaretz reported that OLAF will investigate the possibility that money given to the authority was illicitly transferred to members of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement, which has been linked by some to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade.

The European parliament last year concluded there was no evidence that could be presented to a court that EU grants to the Palestinian Authority had been misused in this way, but concerns persisted, leading OLAF to launch its own inquiry.

The EU has so far handed over approximately £1bn to the Palestinian Authority, with European support currently standing at around the £6.5m a month mark.

Last year, a BBC documentary claimed that as much as £27,500 was being given to members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade by the Palestinian Authority every month.

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