Criminal sentenced for vandalizing Jerash ruins

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AMMAN — A criminal court in Jerash has sentenced a person who deliberately vandalized a part of the ancient ruins of Jerash to one year in prison and a fine of JD3,00. اضافة اعلان

The court, acting in its appellate capacity, issued its final verdict against the convict after finding him guilty of the crime of willful destruction and defacing of antiquities, and the crime of intentional vandalism of state-owned structure, buildings, monuments, statues, and other historical sites.

Last year, the convict painted a number of columns of the ancient city in black and wrote on them, causing damage.

Following the incident, authorities investigated the case and referred it to the component court.

According to Article 26 of the Jordanian Antiquities Law, it states anyone who destroys, vandalizes, or defaces any antiquities, including changing their landmarks, separating any part of them, or altering them, shall face imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than three years, with a fine of no less than JD3,000. 

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