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Hamas: Ayman Taha held on corruption charges

Feb. 22, 2014 10:06 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 23, 2014 12:34 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas confirmed in a statement Saturday that the movement's former spokesman Ayman Taha was arrested in Gaza, and that he is currently being held for questioning.

Gaza security forces detained Taha on suspicion that he had taken advantage of his official position to make illegal profits, Hamas' statement said without elaborating.

In response to rumors that he was arrested on charges of collaboration with Israel, the statement stressed that there was no suspicion that Taha cooperated with "enemy entities."

Taha's arrest will not effect his family, the statement said, noting that Taha's father, Muhammad Taha, is a co-founder of Hamas.

On Sunday, Gaza lawmaker Ahmad Bahar said in an interview with the al-Ghad al-Arabi TV station that Taha had been arrested for "breaking the law."

"He will be held accountable like any other citizen," Bahar said.

Taha went missing approximately three weeks ago.

He served as a spokesperson for Hamas and was once tasked with coordination with Egyptian intelligence.
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