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Jordan’s King Honors Gadhafi’s Son

August 30, 1999

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Jordan’s King Abdullah II honored Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s son on Monday with a prestigious medal and an honorary rank in the Jordanian army, the state news agency reported.

Abdullah announced the honors after meeting with Al-Saadi Gadhafi, who is in Jordan to attend the Arab Games, the Petra news agency said.

Petra said the king made Gadhafi an honorary colonel in the Jordanian army and gave him the Independence Medallion of the First Order, a star-shaped medal plated with gold and silver that is reserved for foreign dignitaries.

Libya is believed to have donated $7 million to help Jordan cover the costs of the Arab Games, which end Tuesday.

In a separate report, hospital sources told Petra that at least 45 people were injured in rioting Sunday during Libya’s 3-1 loss to Iraq at the Arab Games in King Abdullah II Stadium.

Gadhafi was at the stadium during the riot, sitting on the team bench.

Fans ripped up chairs and hurled them onto the field. Some windows were smashed and a television camera was broken, Petra said. The violence started five minutes before the end of the match when Libya’s defeat appeared certain.

Abdullah is scheduled to leave for Libya on Wednesday to attend the 30th anniversary of the revolution that brought Moammar Gadhafi to power.

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