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Former intelligence chief sentenced to 13 years for corruption

February 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

The criminal court in Amman has sentenced former intelligence chief Mohammad Al-Dahabi to 13 years in prison following his conviction for money laundering, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of his office. Al-Dahabi was also fined around $30 million. The court ordered him to repay money he was accused of laundering and embezzling, amounting to an additional $33.8 million.

A spokesman for Al-Dahabi’s defence team said that he will appeal against the court’s decision at Jordan’s Court of Cassation.

Although his trial only opened in June, it was at the beginning of 2012 that the state prosecutor banned Al-Dahabi, who served as intelligence chief from late 2005 until December 2008, from travelling. His movable and fixed assets were seized after a complaint was made against him by the Central Bank of Jordan.

Since January 2011, Jordan has been witnessing peaceful demonstrations and protests demanding political and economic reforms and a serious fight against corruption.