Court to rule on Salt hospital oxygen shortage case next month

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AMMAN - The Amman Magistrates Court is scheduled to rule on the 5th of December on the Salt hospital case, where ten COVID-19 patients died due to a shortage in oxygen supply.اضافة اعلان

In a session held Thursday, defense attorneys presented their closing arguments to the court, wrapping up a nine-month long trial. In a written closing argument presented at the previous session, the Public Prosecution had asked the court for a guilty verdict for the 13 defendants accused in the case.

Since the trial began last April, the court heard a total of 87 witnesses in the case, 66 of whom were prosecution witnesses and 21 were defense witnesses. Testifying in court were medical experts, medical examiners, health officials and most prominently former Health Minister Nazir Obeidat, who resigned following the incident.

In March of 2021, the Public Prosecution opened an investigation into an oxygen supply outage at the Salt government hospital, prompting the arrest of 13 Health Ministry officials. The Public Prosecution charged the 13 defendants with ten counts of involuntary manslaughter, to which they pled "not guilty."

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