Eight defendants in Aqaba gas leak case arrested-JJC

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AMMAN -Public Prosecution Office (PPO) continued its probe procedures into Aqaba gas leak case and heard 25 people who were present at the docking port, in addition to listening to other 135 testimonies in the course of investigation earlier, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In a statement to "Petra," Jordanian Judicial Council (JJC) Secretary-General, Walid Kanakreeh, said the PPO-elected technical committee had submitted its report on the toxic gas incident, which revealed that a key cause behind the tragedy was "insufficient" risk assessment and failure to thoroughly handle containers full of highly hazardous materials.

On the other reasons, he said the report showed "accumulated" negligence at Aqaba port's operating units, "wrong" container iron wire installation and failure to figure out handling times.

Kanakreeh, who is also the JJC media spokesperson, said eight people were charged on multiple crimes, primarily offenses that led to death and damage of others' money.

The offenses also included breaching hazardous materials management instructions issued under Jordan's Environmental Protection Law, he pointed out.

As result of the probe to date, he announced the Public Prosecutor ruled to arrest 8 people pending investigation, adding that the inquiry is "ongoing and in its final stages."

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