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Will political accountability be established in the light of Banat's murder?

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The Palestinian Authority's stances in the aftermath of Nizar Banat's extrajudicial killing at the hands of its own security services have ushered in no promise of accountability. While the people were protesting against the murder and the PA's ruthless authoritarianism, the upper echelons in Ramallah were busy silencing its critics by violent means.

On Monday, PA security spokesman Talal Dweikat announced that 14 members of the security services are to be charged for their participation in Banat's murder. Speaking to the BBC, former PA minister and Deputy Secretary General of Fatah's Central Committee Sabri Saidam described the murder as "a mistake" and downplayed the protests. "They are not just about the right to speak openly," Saidam claimed. "They are politically motivated, and there are some outsiders playing along the lines of sabotaging the work of the Palestinian Authority."

Wasn't there a very obvious political motivation for Banat's murder, though? And does the forthcoming legal process for the 14........

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