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06JERUSALEM3799
2006-08-23 14:46:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Consulate Jerusalem
Cable title:  

HAMAS MINISTER ALLEGED TO HAVE SMUGGLED CASH INTO

Tags:   ECON  PREL  PGOV  KTFN  KWBG  IS  EG 
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C O N F I D E N T I A L JERUSALEM 003799 SIPDIS SIPDIS NEA FOR FRONT OFFICE; NEA/IPA FOR WILLIAMS/MAHER/WAECHTER; NSC FOR ABRAMS/DORAN/WATERS; TREASURY FOR NUGENT/ADKINS E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/23/2016 TAGS: ECON PREL PGOV KTFN KWBG IS EG SUBJECT: HAMAS MINISTER ALLEGED TO HAVE SMUGGLED CASH INTO GAZA; NO CORROBORATING EVIDENCE Classified By: Consul General Jake Walles, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). (C) There are reports that PA Minister of Agriculture Mohammed al-Agha transited the Rafah passenger crossing into Gaza August 19 with USD 2 million in cash. EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) officials confirmed to USSC staff August 22 that al-Agha had passed through Rafah August 19 but could not directly confirm whether or not he had any money in his possession. EUBAM said that Presidential Guard officials had informed them that al-Agha's luggage had been searched and no foreign currency was found. Nazmi Muhanna, Head of the General Administration for Crossings and Borders, told Economic Specialist August 22 that al-Agha did not/not declare the currency at the crossing, as PA ministers had done in May and June 2006. According to Muhanna, PA President Abbas has ordered an investigation into the incident to determine if money may have been brought in. WALLES