The former intelligence chief of Jordan, Mohammed al-Dahabi, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for corruption in November 2012. The court in Amman fined him nearly $30m, and ordered him to return the $34m he was alleged to have laundered and embezzled during his time in office.

Mohammed al-Dahabi was head of the intelligence service in Jordan, which is widely considered to be one of the best in the Middle East, from 2005 to 2008. He was arrested in February 2011 and accused of embezzling public funds, money laundering and abuse of office, after the Central Bank in Jordan became suspicious of large transactions going through his account.

The sentence follows recent street protests in Jordan, placing pressure on the country's leaders to tackle corruption.