State Security Court denies bail for 12 tobacco scandal suspects

Jordan

Published: 2018-10-01 15:45

Last Updated: 2018-10-01 15:55


The suspects are accused of the illegal manufacturing and smuggling of different brand cigarettes. (Vox)
The suspects are accused of the illegal manufacturing and smuggling of different brand cigarettes. (Vox)

Twelve suspects involved in the tobacco factory corruption case were denied bail for the fifth time by the State Security Court (SSC) on Monday, Petra reported.

The suspects are accused of the illegal manufacturing and smuggling of different brand cigarettes.

The case, which swept the nation, was referred to the SSC in July, after PM Omar Razzaz noted that it was a “financially-motivated crime.”

The case is currently under investigation by the court’s Public Prosecution office, due to the large amount of evidence and data presented to them.

Awni Motee', the main suspect in the Tobacco corruption case, left Jordan on July 12, 2018, before the factory involved in the illegal production and smuggling of cigarettes got raided by the police.

Soon after, State Minister for Media Affairs Jumana Ghunaimat announced that a travel ban was issued against those involved in the case.

“The government will not hesitate to arrest those involved, wherever they may be,” Ghunaimat said.