Jordan ex-spy chief goes on trial for graft

AFP , Thursday 14 Jun 2012

Pro-government protesters hold a giant picture of Jordan's King Abdullah during a demonstration after Friday prayers in Amman June 8, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Jordan's former spy chief Mohammed Dahabi pleaded not guilty to corruption-related charges on Thursday at the start of a trial held behind closed doors, a court official said.

"Mohammed Dahabi pleaded not guilty to money laundering, abuse of power and embezzlement charges. The trial was adjourned until June 19 as the court wants to hear the testimony of 36 witnesses," the official told AFP.

Dahabi, a general who ran the intelligence department from 2005 to 2008, was detained in February.

He had already been barred from leaving the country the previous month and had his assets frozen by order of Jordan's general prosecutor following a central bank complaint against him.

Fighting corruption is one of the main challenges identified by King Abdullah II to meet popular demands for sweeping reforms.

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