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Jordan’s Former Intelligence Chief Detained for Questioning

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Jordan’s former intelligence chief Lt. General Mohammad Dahabi was arrested as part of an investigation into money laundering, embezzlement and abuse of power, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Dahabi, who headed the kingdom’s intelligence service from 2005 to 2008, is at the Al Juwaida Rehabilitation and Correction Center in the capital, Amman, the news agency reported. He will be held for two weeks, the agency said.

Abdel Rahman Tawfiq, head of Dahabi’s defense team, called the accusations against his client “exaggerated.” Dahabi said he was innocent as he was being arrested, Tawfiq said in a telephone interview in Amman. The defense team will ask on Feb. 12 for Dahabi’s release on bail, he said.

Jordan’s opposition, made up largely of Islamist groups, has staged protests demanding an end to corruption and more democracy. King Abdullah changed the government twice last year and has promised stronger measures against corruption.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mohammad Tayseer in Amman, through the Dubai newsroom at mtayseer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.

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