10 defendants to go on trial over Aqaba gas leak

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The authorities probe the deadly gas leak in Aqaba. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Public Prosecutor ordered 10 people to go on trial, wrapping up an investigation into the Aqaba gas leak incident that left 13 people dead, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The Judicial Council secretary-general and media spokesperson, Judge Walid Al-Kanakaria, said that the defendants will stand trial before the Aqaba Court of First Instance. The 10 are detained at a correctional and rehabilitation center.

Kanakaria said the defendants face criminal charges of 13 counts, which include murder, causing harm and damage to property, and negligence of duty in violation of the Penal Code and the Economic Crimes Law.

The company managing and operating the port was also charged with the crime of not providing a “proper environment” for the protection of workers from occupational hazards, which include physical, chemical, and biological.

It was also charged with the leakage of hazardous chemicals into wildlife and marine life in violation of the Environment Protection Law No. 21 of 2001 of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, the spokesperson said.

He said that the Aqaba court, which has jurisdiction over the case, will set a date soon for the opening hearing.

In a related development, the prime ministry approved the change of board members of the Aqaba Company for Ports Operation and Management, according to Khaberni.

The new members are the secretary generals of the ministries of transport and environment, Aqaba Special Zone Authority's Tourism and Environment Commissioner, the director general of Aqaba Development Corporation, representatives from the Jordan Maritime Commission, and the Government Investments Management Company.

The prime ministry decision excluded the membership of the Head of Aqaba authority.

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