Four men were convicted yesterday in a multi-million-dollar bribery case involving expansion plans for Jordan's only oil refinery. Those convicted are:
Adel Qudah, a former finance minister and former chairman of the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company (JPRC)
Ahmad Rifai, former director general of JPRC
Mohammad Rawashdeh, the prime minister’s economic adviser
Khaled Shaheen (or Shahin), a billionaire businessman who is head of the Shaheen Business and Investment Group (SBIG).
All were given three-year sentences – a relatively light penalty considering the seriousness of the case – and are free on bail
pending an appeal.
The background to the case was explained in a previous postingon this blog.
The trial is widely seen as signalling a tougher approach to corruption by the Jordanian government but there have been efforts to minimise media coverage of the case – possibly so as not to deter foreign investors in Jordan.
Posted by Brian Whitaker, 7 July 2010.