Jordan: Ex-minister sentenced to three years in jail

Published July 6th, 2010 - 01:36 GMT
Jordan oil facilities
Jordan oil facilities

A Jordanian military tribunal sentenced a former finance minister and three other Jordanians to three years in jail on Tuesday for bribery involving the kingdom's oil refinery, a court official said. Ex-minister and refinery management committee head Adel Kudah was convicted along with the facility's ex-executive director Ahmed Rifai, businessmen Khaled Shahin and a former economic adviser in the premier's office, Mohammed Rawashdeh.

"The state security court decided not to send them to jail because they will appeal the verdict in 30 days," the official told AFP.

The case involves alleged graft payments as part of a 2.1-billion-dollar project to upgrade the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company. Kudah, Rifai and Rawashdeh were accused of rigging the process to secure the contract for a New Jersey-based company that was represented by Shahin.

Upon taking office, Jordan's newly appointed Prime Minister, Samir Rifai, however, has pledged to crack down on corruption.  

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