Dahlan was expelled from Fatah’s ruling body in 2011 on allegations of plotting to overthrow Abbas, and has been living in exile in the UAE since 2012 [File: Reuters]

Mohammed Dahlan, the 57-year-old exiled former Fatah official, has decided to withdraw a legal case filed against UK-based Middle East Eye (MEE) and its editor-in-chief, the news outlet revealed.

It said on Wednesday that Dahlan dropped a libel action against the organisation and its chief editor David Hearst, hours before he was legally obligated to disclose documents and material relevant to the case.

Dahlan, MEE said, is now required to pay the organisation’s legal costs, as well as his own legal fees, which amount to an estimated £500,000 ($ 616,155).

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