Court sentences defendants in Al-Weibdeh building case to 3 years in prison

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AMMAN — The Amman Magistrate Court ruled the harshest punishment and sentenced two of the defendants in the Jabal Al-Weibdeh building collapse case to the maximum penalty stipulated by the law, sentencing them to three years of imprisonment.اضافة اعلان

The announcement came Tuesday at the conclusion of the trial proceedings in the case after 45 public sessions.

The trial was presided over by Judge Sharaf Abu Latifa, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

During the public pronouncement session held on Tuesday, the court convicted the building owner and maintenance contractor of the crime of causing repeated death 14 times and sentenced them to three years of imprisonment.

The court decided to convict two of the defendants of the crime of causing repeated injury eight times and sentenced them to six months of imprisonment. The third defendant in the case was acquitted of any responsibility.

Appeal option available
The court decided to enforce the harshest punishment against the two convicted individuals, which is three years of imprisonment, a decision that can be appealed before the competent court.

The details of the case date back to September 13 of last year, when a residential building consisting of several floors collapsed and fell onto an adjacent standalone house, resulting in 23 victims.

Among them, 14 died and 9 others were injured. The authorities made extensive efforts over several days to rescue the victims and search for survivors under the rubble. The number of victims reached 14 individuals.

According to the report of the specialized experts submitted to the court, the reason for the collapse of the main building was the maintenance work that was being carried out on the ground floor that day, including the removal of the central column, which revealed several violations associated with the construction of the ground floor.

Families' claims and verdict announcementThe families of eighth deceased individuals dropped their personal claims against the three defendants, while the remaining families of the deceased individuals and the nine injured parties in the incident retained their personal rights in the case.

In the previous session held a week ago, the court announced the conclusion of the trial proceedings and referred the case for pronouncement of judgment, which took place on Tuesday, confirming the conviction of two of the defendants.

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