Defendants in Luweibdeh building collapse deny charges

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AMMAN — Amman Criminal Conciliation Court Judge Sharaf Abu Latifa began examining the Jabal Luweibdeh building collapse case, according to Al-Ghad News. اضافة اعلان

The three defendants accused of causing the death of 14 people in the collapse of the building denied the charges against them before the court. The court also listened to the statements of the Public Prosecution witnesses regarding the collapsed building case.

In a related development, the Jordan National Building Council issued a circular prohibiting relevant parties from altering, remodeling, renovating, expanding, or changing the purpose of any standing buildings.

Any changes must only be made according to an engineering study prepared in line with Jordan building code, according to the circular.

The council also stipulated that alterations and relevant construction works must be subject to oversight, in line with the relevant directives and laws, according to Al-Ghad News.

The meeting was headed by the director of the building council, Minister of Public Works and Housing Yahya Al-Kisbi, and attended by council member and Director of the Royal Scientific Society HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan and other council members.

During the meeting, the council decided to form a technical committee of stakeholders to begin updates to the certificate of compliance for building projects issued under the Building Law.

In addition, the council approved the establishment of a committee to examine the certification of building contracts in the private sector, in order to limit falsified contracts

The council also reviewed the outcomes of field visits conducted by its investigative committees to monitor ongoing projects in different regions of the Kingdom.

Since the beginning of the year, 1,420 visits have taken place and 765 projects have been suspended. Of these projects, 535 have been rectified and 230 are undergoing rectification procedures.

Kibsi instructed the investigative committees to intensify their field visits across Jordan.

He called on both the public and private sectors to cooperate with the committees, stressing that the visits implemented by the committees do not absolve regulatory bodies from their duties towards construction projects.

Kibsi also stressed that both construction projects and contractors in violation of the law must face suspension or penalties including fines.

During the meeting, Princess Sumaya stressed the need to evaluate standing buildings, especially old ones, through investigations of their structural stability.

The princess suggested that buildings be categorized into groups based on their level of danger, and research be conducted into restoration measures.

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