Court stops prosecution off teachers’ union for ‘all crimes’ attributed to it

An undated photo of the building that formerly served as the teachers’ syndicate headquarters in Amman. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Amman Court of First Instance on Sunday approved an appeal to cease the prosecution of the Jordan Teachers’ Syndicate (JTS), as a subject of public law, but upheld a 2020 decision to dissolve the association’s council, central body, and branches.اضافة اعلان

Regarding an appeal filed by members of the JTS council challenging their one-year prison sentences for illegal assembly and inciting hatred at educational institutions, the court upheld the decision in principle but reduced the sentence to three months instead of one year.

Before commuting the sentences, the court said that it had taken into account the age of the inmates and said it wished to give them a second chance, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Human rights activist Hala Ahed said “we respect the court’s decision, but it indicates that the animosity against the syndicate and the charges brought against the members of the union’s council are still there.”

She said that nothing was proved against the teachers and, moreover, they were denied the right to present their testimonies.

“As activists, we are surprised by some of the rulings that have been issued and by how the central council, the subsidiary body, and its members are dissolved and prosecuted,” she added.

Lawyer Bassam Freihat said that all the ruling did was to dissolve the association’s council and subsidiary body, rather than the association itself, and to declare that the members of the council are not responsible for influencing voters, or for encouraging in speech or in writing the carrying out of illegal acts, adding that the ruling can be annulled, but if it becomes final, elections will be held to elect a new council.

Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate spokesperson Nour Aldeen Nadeem said the decision to stop the prosecution of the teachers’ association for all crimes attributed to it and dissolving the council and its elected bodies came as a surprise.

He said: “We call for an end to this dossier, in the public interest and fairness to all parties, including to those teachers who were deprived of their jobs who are no longer accused of having harmed the public interest, and ask that reforms be comprehensive.”

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