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Court sentences defendant in archeological museum case to 6 years in prison

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(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Economic plunges have been wreaking havoc across the Kingdom’s richest sites since the early 90s, setting alight the hearts of self-proclaimed goldminers, treasure hunters, and coin forgers.اضافة اعلان

The defendant in the so-called “Amman Archeological Museum” case follows in this long tradition.

The defendant, who has been convicted of coin embezzlement among other things, got his fix at Jordan’s Archeological Museum, which “fulfills a dual role as a repository of knowledge and a center for education” and holds “over 2,000 artifacts on loan from the Department of Antiquities,” according to the museum’s official website.

Judge Omar Al-Aqarba told Jordan News that the original items include gold coins and other ancient antiquities, stating that the defendant was in charge of them at the museum.

The seventh tribunal of the Amman Criminal Court has sentenced the defendant to six years in prison, with temporary hard labor, after convicting him of embezzling coins from the museum and replacing them with counterfeits.

The court also fined the defendant a sum equal to the value of the coins, around $1 million, in addition to covering administrative and judicial charges.

The court’s decision is appealable.

Aqarba said that the switch took place between the years 2015 and 2020, during which the convicted employee sold the original items.

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