JORDAN: 22-YEAR-OLD MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING ZARQA LIBRARY OWNER
October 29, 2019:
The Criminal Court on 27 October 2019 sentenced a 22-year-old man to death after convicting him of robbing and murdering a library owner in Zarqa in January 2017. (Sources: jordantimes.com, 27/10/2019)
The tribunal sentenced the defendant remotely through special technology as stipulated by law, a senior judicial source told The Jordan Times.
“The defendant was being held in a correctional rehabilitation facility in Marka some 20 kilometres away from the tribunal’s headquarters in Juweideh, so the presiding judge opted to issue the sentence via a televised connection between the courtroom and the place where the defendant was incarcerated,” the judicial source said.
The court declared the defendant guilty of stabbing the victim to death with the help of a minor on 4 January and handed him the death penalty.
The minor is being tried separately at a juvenile court, according to the source.
Criminal Court Prosecutor Mohammad Khazaleh had asked the court to inflict the maximum punishment on the defendant.
The tribunal comprised judges Ibrahim Abu Shama, Khalid Abdullat and Ahmad Qatarneh.
The Court of Cassation is expected to start examining the death verdict within the next 30 days.