Jordan's health, justice ministers resign

14:50, May 27, 2011      

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Jordan's Minister of Justice Hussein Mjali and Minister of Health Yaseen Husban resigned on Thursday on the backdrop of convicted tycoon Khalid Shahin's departure for treatment abroad.

Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit, who noted that the two ministers are not involved in the case, said he accepted the resignation of the ministers, who he said decided to take moral responsibility for Shahin's departure. He made the remarks during a press conference Thursday.

In July last year, Shahin was sentenced to three years in prison for bribery in a corruption case involving the country's oil refinery.

Shahin, who was serving a three-year prison term after being convicted of bribery, received permission recently to go to the U. S. for treatment based on a medical report signed by several doctors.

Local media reports reported recently that he was seen in London "in good shape."

The issue of revealing the circumstances behind the convicted businessman's permission to travel abroad for treatment was among top demands by demonstrators who took to the streets lately, demanding uprooting corruption.

Source: Xinhua
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