Ghattas accuses police of witch hunt

MK Basel Ghattas’s spokesperson confirms he is the lawmaker being questioned by police today on suspicions of illegal fundraising for the Balad party, calling the probe “proof of a political witch hunt” against his party.

The MK, already under suspicion in a separate case involving passing contraband to prisoners, says the timing of the police summons is “peculiar” given the fact that the probe seemed to have been closed three months ago.

“This is more improper conduct by the police against me with the goal of influencing my legal case in order to create a hostile atmosphere around me,” Ghattas says in a statement.

An investigation into Balad financing three months ago led to some 60 party activists being questioned by police, including MKs Hanin Zoabi and Jamal Zahalka, according to the spokesperson.

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