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Jordan Jails Ex-Intelligence Chief for Corruption

RIA Novosti

14:37 11/11/2012

MOSCOW, November 11 (RIA Novosti) - A Jordanian criminal court has sentenced the kingdom’s former intelligence chief to 13 years in prison for corruption, the BBC reported on Sunday.

Mohammed al-Dahabi, who headed the intelligence service from 2005 to 2008, was accused of embezzling public funds, money laundering and abuse of office.

The court in Amman ordered the ex-spy chief to pay 21 million Jordanian dinars (about $30 million) in fines to the state.

"You deserve the harshest punishment for being a traitor to the people who trusted you with a government position and state funds," judge Nashaat Akhras was quoted as saying.

Recent street protests against corruption in Jordan have prompted the Jordanian authorities to take measures to show the seriousness of their efforts to tackle graft and corruption in the country.

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