Leaked documents revealed that Jordan’s King Abdullah II secretly bought more than a dozen luxury homes in the United States and Britain.
Abdullah and other public figures were exposed as holding offshore accounts with the Jordanian king’s assets valued at more than $100 million over the past decade, reported the AP on Monday.
The list of public figures, published on Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, is being called the “Pandora Papers.”
“Any allegations that link these private properties to public funds or assistance are baseless and deliberate attempts to distort facts,” a statement from the Royal Hashemite Court said Monday, according to the report. The Jordanian media has refrained from covering the story.
The news came out as Abdullah was meeting with David R. Malpass, president of the World Bank, in a bid for financial aid for Jordan, which is in the throes of an economic crisis.
Just last month, the king met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Amman, where the two leaders discussed “core issues in the dialogue” between the neighboring countries.
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