Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jordan supercasino secret deal was personally approved by prime minister

Exclusive: Documents reveal Ma'arouf al-Bakhit gave green light to contract for Dead Sea Casino, despite public denials

See Jordanian PM's letter about the Dead Sea Casino deal

Seumas Milne
guardian.co.uk, Monday 12 September 2011

"Jordan's prime minister personally authorised a secret contract to build an extra-legal supercasino complex, despite publicly denying responsibility for it, documents seen by the Guardian reveal.

The multimillion-dollar Dead Sea casino deal is now frozen and has been the focus of anti-corruption street protests and parliamentary crises. It has been controversial because gambling is illegal in Jordan and because the government faces a $1.4bn (£890m) penalty if the 50-year contract is cancelled....."

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