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Palestinian president fires aide over sex scandal

world Updated: Apr 07, 2010 14:06 IST

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A top aide to the Palestinian president says, the chief of staff has been fired for involvement in a sex scandal.

Rafiq Natche said on Wednesday, that President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed his chief of staff Rafiq Husseini after he admitted to being videotaped taking off his clothes and getting into a woman's bed.

The tape, broadcasted on Israeli TV in early February, sent shockwaves through conservative Palestinian society. Natche also says Husseini was a victim of entrapment. The tape was shot by a Palestinian intelligence official exposing a sex-for-favors racket.

Natche says, Abbas also decreed that Palestinian intelligence services should not violate people's privacy, a protective move against future such scandals.