2 witnesses in Luweibdeh building collapse testify remotely

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AMMAN — The Amman Magistrates Court on Tuesday heard via video link the testimonies of two survivors of the deadly collapse of a building in the Amman neighborhood of Jabal Luweibdeh, who remained hospitalized for injuries sustained in last month’s incident, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In its sixth open session in the case, presiding judge Sharaf Abu Latifeh decided to remand the three defendants in custody until Thursday, as the trial was adjourned to check the 31 public prosecution evidences, including those of 18 plaintiffs and 7 experts as well as 3 other reports.

The first witness, a 54-year-old woman, told the court she lived in the third floor of the building, and was with her husband and son praying at about 4 pm, when they heard an explosion, and the roof of the building fell on her chest. She said she was rescued by the civil defense, but her son died.

She said no one checked on the condition of the old building during her 4-year residency, which prompted her to file a lawsuit.

The other survivor said he was washing for prayer when he heard an explosion, but thought it was an earthquake. The walls and ceiling crumbled, trapping him, but he could only move his right hand, and was reached eight hours later by civil defense rescue teams, who found he had fractures in his hand and fingers.

He said he was in the house with his wife and family members, who all survived, but his son died.

The court opened the trial in the case on September 25. Public Prosecution witnesses testified, while the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include 14 counts of causing death, and nine counts of inflicting harm on other people. 

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