Jordan says Pandora Papers claims ‘distorted’, security threat

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  • Jordan’s royal court has said it is well known that the king has properties all over the world
  • However, the locations of these properties were not made public to protect the king

Jordan’s royal court on Monday rejected said claims made in the Pandora Papers were distorted.

According to the claims, Jordan’s King Abdullah II created a network of offshore companies to build a $100-million overseas property empire.

It said that the reports “included inaccuracies and distorted and exaggerated the facts,” and that revealing the properties’ addresses was “a flagrant security breach and a threat to His Majesty’s and his family’s safety.”

The statement also said the king had “personally funded” the properties and all related expenses.

The investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists or ICIJ, involving some 600 journalists from media worldwide, is based on the leak of some 11.9 million documents from 14 financial services companies.

While not alleging criminal wrongdoing by Abdullah II, the reports claim he created a network of offshore companies to purchase luxury residences from Malibu and California to Washington and London.

Jordan’s Royal Hashemite Court said in its statement that “it is no secret that His Majesty owns a number of apartments and residences in the United States and the United Kingdom. This is not unusual nor improper.

“His Majesty uses these properties during official visits and hosts officials and foreign dignitaries there. The King and his family members also stay in some of these properties during private visits.”

The statement said the location of the properties was not publicized “out of security and privacy concerns, and not out of secrecy or an attempt to hide them, as these reports have claimed.”

It added: “As such, the act of revealing these addresses by some media outlets is a flagrant security breach and a threat to His Majesty’s and his family’s safety.”

It went on to say: “Any allegations that link these private properties to public funds or assistance are baseless and deliberate attempts to distort facts.”

The palace also stressed that “all public finances and international assistance are subject to professional audits, and their allocations are fully accounted for by the government and donor entities.”

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