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MENAFN - Jordan Times - 07/08/2012

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(MENAFN - Jordan Times) The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday said it referred the Jordan Phosphate Mines Company file to the judiciary after its initial investigation discovered financial violations estimated at over JD300 million.

The ACC said that the violations were committed between the years 2007 and 2012 by the chairman and members of the company's board, adding that the commission also decided to suspend three members of the governing body of the General Union of Voluntary Societies and refer them to the judiciary for financial violations.

ACC President Samih Bino announced the findings at a press conference on Monday, which he held to discuss the commission's achievements.

Bino stressed that the commission will continue to uphold its mandate of revealing and investigating suspected corruption cases despite political pressure, adding that corrupt and influential individuals have tried to put pressure on the ACC by various means, including organised misinformation campaigns in "some media outlets that lack professionalism and credibility".

"We consider the media our strategic partner in revealing corruption cases, but we urge them to seek credible news from credible sources and not to resort to rumours spread by those who are involved in corruption and seek to undermine the ACC's mission," Bino said.

The official added that over the past few years, the ACC has received more than 1,350 cases and complaints, half of which were shelved for lack of evidence or for being included in the general pardon.

The commission has referred 126 suspected corruption cases to the prosecutor general and three to the State Security Court, he said, noting that the ACC has no further role in these cases after they are referred to the judiciary.

"Almost every week we look into 10-12 cases of suspected corruption. Our investigators deal with all cases equally and stand at the same distance from all parties involved. Our goal is to protect the interests of the state and the people and we will continue to do our jobs with integrity and neutrality. We do not seek publicity, but we need people to have confidence in what we do," he added, stressing that the ACC is against defamation and character assassination.

Meanwhile, Bino said, the ACC is also working on prevention and awareness-raising activities, including workshops and seminars that have benefited 1,640 individuals since the beginning of the current year.

Addressing the challenges facing the commission, the ACC president said the fact that the government changed four times since the beginning of last year had a negative impact on the commission's work, despite consistent support from each government.

Moreover, Bino complained that including the ACC in the public sector restructuring plan had caused some work difficulties, such as an inability to recruit new staff despite a shortage of manpower.

He also noted that the ACC and the World Bank, through the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, had signed a 250,000 grant agreement to provide the commission with an electronic case management system, which he said would expedite its work and enable it to follow up on cases after they are sent to the judiciary.

 






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