Chalabi seeks trial in Jordan civil court

May 17, 2005 at 5:46 AM

BAGHDAD, May 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi has asked for a trial in a Jordanian civil court on charges of embezzlement, refusing a possible royal pardon.

Chalabi was quoted Tuesday by Amman's daily newspaper al-Dustour as saying, "By accepting a royal pardon, I will be implying that I am guilty. That is why I ask to be tried according to the Jordanian law but by a civil court."

Jordan's state security court sentenced Chalabi in 1992 to 22 years in prison after convicting him of embezzling $200 million, which caused the bankruptcy of al-Petra Bank.

Jordan tried to get hold of Chalabi through the Interpol several times without success.

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