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New charges against former water minister referred to prosecution

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AMMAN — the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC) has referred new claims of financial violations against a former water minister to the Public Prosecution, a source from the commission said in a statement on Thursday.اضافة اعلان

Key charges against the former official include allegedly signing agreements to purchase water supply and services from a well owner in 2019, after which the majority of the wells in question turned out to be non-operational and unlicensed for water excavation, the statement said.

The charge also included the extension of said contracts a long time before their expiration, and amending the water prices above the agreed upon quota in the contracts, the commission reported.

The commission also noted the “peculiarity” of extending said contracts until 2030.

A high-ranking official at the IACC said that the ministry in question had reportedly concluded service acquisition contracts with 1,287 entity under local purchase orders without following due process and without legal purchase contracts nor an actual need for the contracted persons.

The official further said that said contracts were concluded “under pressure from a group of influential people.”

Another charge referred against the former minister included the acquisition of two rigs at a price of $1.55 million during the minister’s term in office, without abiding by legislation governing purchase and delivery, noting that the purchased rigs did not match specifications, according to the statement.

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