‘Cigarettes case’ testing Jordan government stance on corruption

From: Al Jazeera

Case of illegal production of fake-brand cigarettes captures public attention amid calls to fight high-level corruption.


Omar al-Razzaz, who became prime minister last month after large protests, has vowed to fight corruption [Muhammad Hamed/Reuters]

The case of a criminal ring with rumoured political ties involved in the illegal production and smuggling of fake-brand cigarettes worth of millions of dollars is dominating public discussion in Jordan – and testing the new government’s stance on corruption.

Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz announced on Monday the case’s referral to the state security court, which typically handles serious criminal and terrorism cases.

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