Fate of teachers’ syndicate hangs in the balance

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AMMAN — The future of the Jordan Teachers’ Syndicate (JTS) hangs in the balance while its executive council challenges a verdict by the Courts of Appeal at the Court of Cassation, the country’s highest judicial authority.اضافة اعلان

The Amman Court of Appeal ruled on June 26 to cease the prosecution of the teachers’ syndicate, but upheld the Court of First Instance’s 2020 decision to dissolve the association’s council, central body, and branches.

In the 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.

Attorney for the teachers’ syndicate Bassam Al-Fraihat told Jordan News that the JTS’ future relies entirely on the definitive verdict to be issued by the Court of Cassation, which could come out in September or October. “There are no new council elections until the final verdict is out,” he said.

The Cassation Court will “look into dissolving the syndicate’s council and its central body,” Nour Aldeen Nadeem, JTS spokesperson, told Jordan News.

“What we care about now is that the syndicate is back, and is no longer pursued as an institution,” Nadeem said. “It will resume its work in the near or far future, which is a definitive verdict; its cadres are now safe.”

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