219 on death row; execution mostly frozen in Jordan

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AMMAN — There are 219 inmates in Jordan on death row, according to Interior Minister Mazen Al-Faraya, Ammon News reported on Sunday.

The minister, in response to questions from MP Saleh Al-Armouti, said that there are 197 men and 22 women sentenced to death.اضافة اعلان

The oldest death row inmate was sentenced on June 29, 1976 and is still awaiting execution.

If a victim or their next of kin renounces their private right against a death-row inmate, the inmate receives a 15-year sentence instead of a death sentence, as per Article 4/b/1 of the General Amnesty Law, according to Faraya.

Lower House of Parliament’s Legal Committee Rapporteur Ghazi Al-Thneibat was quoted by Jo24 as saying that, since 2006, there has been a trend to freeze executions of those on death row. He also said that the implementation of capital punishment has been controversial ever since the Middle Ages, and is an issue Jordanians are divided on. Thneibat pointed out that European countries have capital punishment, as did most of the US states, while Japan and other countries still freeze its implementation.

Some 100 countries in the world have capital punishment, but, just like Jordan, tend to freeze the executions.

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