Jordan rejects Pandora Papers' claims on King Abdullah II spending as 'defamatory'

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Oct 2021

Jordan’s King Abdullah II denounced on Monday the claims published in the investigative report known as the ‘Pandora Papers’ on the king's spending of millions of dollars on "secret properties" in the US and UK as "misleading and defamatory."

King Abdullah II
File Photo: Jordan s King Abdullah II. AFP

The Royal Hashemite Court has been following the recently published media reports on properties owned by King Abdullah II abroad, read a statement reported by Jordanian news agency Petra on Monday.

The report “included inaccuracies and distorted and exaggerated the facts,” the statement stressed, adding that “It is no secret that his Majesty owns a number of apartments and residences in the United States and the United Kingdom. This is not unusual nor improper.”

The statement added that the Jordanian king uses these properties during official visits and hosts officials and foreign dignitaries there.

“The king and his family members also stay in some of these properties during private visits,” it added.

“These properties are not publicised out of security and privacy concerns, and not out of secrecy or an attempt to hide them, as these reports have claimed.”

The Royal Court asserted that the cost of these properties and all related expenditures have been personally funded by the king, not by the state budget or treasury.

“This also applies to the personal expenditures of his Majesty and his family,” it added.

“Any allegations that link these private properties to public funds or assistance are baseless and deliberate attempts to distort facts. Such allegations are defamatory and designed to target Jordan’s reputation as well as his Majesty’s credibility and the critical role he plays regionally and internationally.”

“The Royal Hashemite Court categorically rejects all reports that have distorted the facts and presented misleading information and unsubstantiated conclusions, and it maintains its right to undertake the necessary legal procedures,” the statement concluded.

The Pandora Papers, published on Sunday by media outlets, are based on a massive leak of financial documents allegedly containing offshore dealings of many current and former officials, including King Abdullah II and others.

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