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Real estate office referred to prosecutor for selling state-owned land

By Petra - Feb 18,2013 - Last updated at Feb 18,2013

AMMAN — The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday referred a real estate office to the ACC prosecutor general for brokering illegal sale transactions of state-owned land near the Saudi border.

According to the ACC, the Shmeisani-based office is not licensed to sell real estate or land, but has been selling state-owned land to expatriates, saying he was authorised to sell tribal wajihat, a local term given to state lands that were distributed among bedouin tribes decades ago for grazing and cultivation purposes.

The real estate office was also issuing sale deeds and charging JD150 per 10 dunums without a permit from the Lands and Survey Department.

The ACC urged citizens to be careful when dealing with real estate offices or buying land through contracts that do not grant them any rights.

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