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Sources: PA Attorney General resigns

Aug. 26, 2012 2:11 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2012 9:32 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Attorney-General Ahmad al-Mughani resigned his position on Saturday morning, informed sources told Ma'an.

The sources said al-Mughani handed in his notice after meeting with a former US State Attorney in Ramallah, without elaborating on the content of the meeting.

Al-Mughani could not be reached for confirmation.

Earlier this year, Ma'an revealed the attorney-general was forcing private Internet companies to block access to websites loyal to ousted Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan.

When first approached, al-Mughani denied knowledge of the blocking. He later acknowledged his role after the communications minister criticized him on public radio and abruptly resigned.

President Mahmoud Abbas then instructed al-Mughni to lift the bans, and prohibited him from shutting down other websites.

On Friday, al-Mughani described in an interview with Ma'an a number of challenges to his job.

He said he was trying to reassign general prosecutors in the West Bank despite their opposition to the changes, which he described as good for the health of the system.

Al-Mughani also highlighted Interpol's refusal to help bring a former adviser to late President Yasser Arafat, Muhammad Rashid, to Palestine to face corruption charges.

He also confirmed that female lawmaker Najat Abu Bakr would be tried if Abbas suspends her diplomatic immunity. PA premier Salam Fayyad recently filed a lawsuit against her for claiming he hired a British firm to provide his security.

Originally from the Gaza Strip, al-Mughani was appointed Attorney-General by Abbas in 2005.

Al-Mughni came to the West Bank after the violent split in 2007 between the Hamas-led Gaza government and Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, having survived a car bomb and being detained by Hamas-controlled forces.
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