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Jordan sentences ex-spy chief to 13 years in jail on graft charges

Published on Nov 11, 2012 3:52 PM

AMMAN (REUTERS) - Jordan's former spy chief, one of the country's most feared officials, was sentenced on Sunday to 13 years in prison on graft charges.

It was the first high-profile case from an anti-corruption crackdown driven by popular protests.

An Amman court found former General Mohammad al-Dahabi guilty of money laundering, embezzlement and abuse of power, and ordered him to return US$30 million (S$36.75 million) .

The former spy chief ran the country's intelligence services from 2005 to 2009.