Monday, April 04, 2016

Another major Palestinian official with Jordanian citizenship

Here is a minor, but telling, detail from yesterday's spectacular Panama Papers expose that concerns the PA's former deputy prime minister and minister of national economy Mohammad Mustafa, who was described by Foreign Policy as "the most important man in the Palestinian economy."

While the things revealed about Mustafa, mostly his relationship with the (British Virgin Islands-based) Arab Palestinian Investment (Holding) Company Ltd., APIC and the Palestine Investment Fund, do not point to any obviously illegal activities, his passport picture is interesting:

Mustafa uses a Jordanian passport, even though he was a deputy prime minister of "Palestine" at the time the passport was valid.

While Jordan has stripped citizenship from nearly all West Bank Palestinians, some well-connected officials managed to hang on to theirs.

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