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JTS council stays dissolved, new elections to be held

Former council members ‘dissatisfied with and condemn the decision’

Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate’s. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Head of the Public Prosecution at the Court of Cassation Youssef Thiabat rejected the Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate’s (JTS) request to appeal the decision that dissolved the syndicate’s council, central body, and branches, and gave council members jail sentences.اضافة اعلان

The syndicate bodies were dissolved in 2020 for “illegal assembly and inciting hatred at educational institutions”; council members were given an initial one-year term in prison that was reduced to three months by the Court of Appeal on June 26, 2022.

Following the Court of Cassation rejection, the council’s dissolution and its members’ prison sentences are now final.

Teachers’ syndicate Attorney Bassam Al-Fraihat told Jordan News that now that the chief public prosecutor has rejected the request for a cassation appeal, council members who have served one month of their prison term, and are now out on bail, plan to submit a request to have their remaining jail sentences replaced with a fine.

“We submitted a request to the head of public prosecution to give us the right to go to the Court of Cassation, which is a right guaranteed in the Constitution,” Fraihat said, adding that the JTS had hoped to be vindicated by a ruling by the Court of Cassation.

He added that the syndicate will now form a committee that will organize the election of a new council within six months.

The Ministry of Education, as per the law, will form a committee to monitor the elections for the council, central body, syndicate president and deputy.

Nour Aldeen Nadeem, JTS spokesperson, one of the council members sentenced to three months in jail, told Jordan News that the council members are disillusioned with the public prosecutor’s decision.

“We are proud and do not regret what we did and sacrificed for, which was our duty. If we went back in time, we would do the same,” he said.

“We are upset about the three-month jail sentence. What did we do besides our duty as the constitutional representatives of teachers? By law, we have the right to assemble and ask for our rights, including by striking, without harming the nation’s interests,” he added, wondering why teachers’ representatives are treated the way they are when they “are not criminals or murders; we are nationalists, a union, professionals, and teachers with a message”.

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