Turkey said Friday it would offer up to 10 million lira ($1.75 million) for information leading to the capture of former Palestinian strongman Mohammad Dahlan, now exiled in the United Arab Emirates, placing him on its list of most wanted fugitives.
Turkey accuses Dahlan of being a mercenary for the UAE and involved in the 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who he is an outspoken critic of.
Arrest warrants have been issued for his arrest, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said according to the Reuters news organization.
In addition to the attempted coup, Dahlan is also said to seek changing the constitutional order by force, and is accused of spying, Reuters reported without giving further details.
Dahlan became a fierce rival of his former ally in the Palestinian Fatah party, Mahmoud Abbas, before fleeing into exile in 2011.
Turkish media regularly accuse Dahlan of involvement in the 2016 abortive coup. He has also been accused of playing a role in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul last year.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier this year accused the UAE of harboring a terrorist: “(Dahlan) fled to you because he is an agent of Israel,” he told Al Jazeera.
Cavusoglu further charged the UAE, which has tense relations with Turkey, with trying to replace Abbas with Dahlan.
Dahlan responded vehemently, accusing Erdogan of supporting “terrorist groups” in Syria, stealing gold from the Libyan central bank and “acting as if he were commander of the faithful,” in an interview with a Saudi broadcaster.
Dahlan, 58, was sentenced in absentia to three years in prison in 2016 by a Palestinian court for corruption, and ordered to repay $16 million, according to his lawyers.
He was head of internal security in Gaza, but fell from favor after his forces were overpowered by the Hamas terror group in 2007, leading to Fatah’s expulsion from the territory.