The Palestinian authority in Gaza has urged the government in Sudan to hand over the Hamas-linked assets seized by the Empowerment Removal Committee.
The Palestinian Authority made a plea to Sudan to return the assets that were confiscated during the graft committee’s crackdown that targeted operations running out of Sudan that were used to fund the Hamas militant front.
Reuters reported that a Palestinian official close to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, pleaded Sudan via his Twitter account, to “hand over the movable and immovable funds that were confiscated to the State of Palestine and its Government.’’
The news agency also reported that the Hamas militant front – a staunch opponent of President Abbas – had denied any links to the companies and individuals targeted by the dismantling committee’s raid, saying that they belonged to Palestinian investors and businesses instead.
Last week, it was announced that the Empowerment Removal Committee in Sudan had managed to seize real estate, company shares, one hotel in Khartoum, an exchange bureau, a TV station, and more than a million acres of farmland.
The seized assets have been funding the Hamas regime for many years, mostly through companies – headed by trustee shareholders – collecting rent in cash and funneling through the exchange bureau.
The Hamas group, which controls the Gaza strip, had long enjoyed preferential treatment under former Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who himself was a vocal supporter of Palestinian militant front.