Saturday, February 13, 2010

Aide to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas embroiled in sex scandal

Footage of naked Rafiq Husseini broadcast on Israeli TV

Associated Press in Ramallah, Friday 12 February 2010

(Rafiq Husseini, second right, who is facing calls to resign, with US assistant secretary of state David Welch, right. Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

"Palestinian officials yesterday rallied around a top aide to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas amid other calls for him to step down after a video surfaced showing him in the nude in an alleged attempt to trade his influence for sex.

The footage of Rafiq Husseini, shot by a former Palestinian intelligence officer, has raised an uproar in conservative Palestinian society. In the video, broadcast by Israeli TV earlier this week, Husseini is shown undressing in a bedroom and calling out to an unseen woman, heard speaking off camera, to join him. "Do I turn off the light or do you? What is the procedure?" Husseini is heard asking the woman....."

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