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Palestinian minister faces trial on corruption charges

(Xinhua)

14:14, February 10, 2012

RAMALLAH, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian minister was referred to court for trial on Thursday after an inquiry proved that he was involved in corruption, the Anti-Corruption Commission said.

Minister of Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh and one of his aides were accused of corruption and mismanagement, a statement said.

The commission said in its statement that it informed Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the findings.

In November, Abu Libdeh suspended his job as minister so as to be free to "defend" himself during the inquiry.

The charges go back to 2007, when Abu Libdeh was heading the commission of capital market.

Abu Libdeh is the second minister of Salam Fayyad's government that has come under investigation in a rare move by the Palestinian National Authority to fight corruption. The first was the minister of agriculture.

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