Jordan sentences ex-intelligence chief to jail for embezzling public funds, money laundering

The Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan - A Jordanian criminal court has sentenced the kingdom's ex-intelligence chief to 13 years and three months in jail for embezzlement of public funds, money laundering and abuse of office.

It was the harshest sentence in years against such a high-profile personality in Jordan.

Presiding judge Nashaat Akhras has also demanded in court Sunday that defendant Mohammed al-Dahabi pay 21 million Jordanian dinars ($29.6 million) in fines to the state and return money he allegedly laundered and embezzled during his 2005-2008 tenure as head of Jordanian intelligence.