On 8th December 2018, the President of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Mahmoud Abbas, revealed that the PNA has provided INTERPOL with the names of more than 100 Palestinians which it would like extradited for their role in suspected financial corruption.
At the time, President Abbas was speaking at a conference, held in Ramallah, on the role of the Palestinian private sector. President Abbas explained that INTERPOL has already issued Red Notices for the arrest and detention of six of the named men. President Abbas said:
“We have a court that specializes in corruption cases, and it should have no mercy on anyone. We’re talking about more than 100 people who ran away. One stole $5 million, a second stole $10 million, and a third stole $20 million. They will all be brought [back] and you will see them here in the homeland.”
These extradition requests have come as part of the PNA’s wider plan to tackle corruption in the State of Palestine.
President Abbas explained that:
“No one should be immune, from the top of the pyramid, including myself, to the bottom…Any complaint against anyone should be dealt with to the end and should lead either to a conviction or an acquittal.”