Jordan charges ex-intelligence chief with graft

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 09, 2012 7:54 AM
Jordan charges ex-intelligence chief with graft

AMMAN (Reuters) - A former Jordanian intelligence chief was charged Thursday with money laundering, embezzlement and abuse of power, judicial officials said, the latest move in a widening anti-graft campaign propelled by popular protests against corruption.

The officials said General Mohammad al-Dahabi, who ran the powerful intelligence services from 2005 to 2009, was charged on the basis of information received from the central bank's anti-money laundering unit.

The prosecutor ordered Dahabi to be arrested and held for 14 days while an investigation is carried out, they said.

Dahabi's arrest is the latest step in an anti-graft campaign that has widened in recent months to include the indictment of several leading businessmen and a former mayor of Amman.

The campaign is seen as a response to demonstrations calling for greater political freedom and an end to corruption.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Tim Pearce)