Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Mohammad Al Halaiqa, who was assigned to follow up the investigation committee on cases of corruption in the kingdom's public service, on Tuesday revealed that embezzlement cases were found at the Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) and at the Civil Status and Passports Department (CSPD).
Halaiqa affirmed that a detailed report will be published on Magnesia and Phosphate cases, stressing the government pledged to fight corruption by institutionalized ways.
"Upon the Prime Minister Faisal Fayez's directives the anti-corruption unit formed an investigation committee led by the Auditing Bureau chief, a member from Anti-Corruption
Unit and President of Board of Trustees of the Phosphate Company to probe into JPMC's situations", Halaiqa said in a
press conference, Petra reported.
"During the investigation the committee found out that two cheques in the amount of JD12,395 were mising, and through an intensive investigation the committee detected that two employees from the financial department at the company illegally drew the cheques from the Housing Bank," Halaiqa conveyed.
Colonel Misleh Kayed, head of the Anti-Corruption
Unit, told Jordan Times that in the case of CSPD, a "senior official" allegedly embezzled public money.
According to him, for a few years, CSPD assistant director got cheques from diplomatic missions abroad as fees from persons who relinquished or gained Jordanian citizenship. The suspect, Kayed said, exchanged the value of the cheques, which were in foreign currency, with Jordanian dinar and pocketed the proceeds that accumulated over time to a total of JD19,000. (menareport.com)
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