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Five sentenced to prison over deadly oxygen outage incident

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Four former directors and an oxygen technician at the New Salt Public Hospital were sentenced to a three-year prison term each after they were found guilty of 10 counts of involuntary manslaughter. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — A judicial panel at the Amman Magistrate's Court on Sunday sentenced four former directors and an oxygen technician at the New Salt Public Hospital to a three-year prison term each after it found them guilty of 10 counts of involuntary manslaughter over the death of 10 patients at the hospital earlier this year due to oxygen supply outage, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The court also fined the convicts an amount of JD3,575 each and acquitted eight other defendants in the high-profile case which befell in March this year and sparked wide public uproar. The convicts may challenge the verdicts against them before higher courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Court of Cassation.

Court hearings in the case stretched over 250 days, starting early April, and heard the testimony of 87 witnesses, Petra reported.

Those who were convicted on Sunday were the former hospital director, his assistant for services and distribution, the head of the medical gases group, the director of medical devices, and an oxygen technician.

Balqa Governorate House Representative Dina Al-Daoud, told Jordan News that “the people believe in the Kingdom’s justice system and in the court's decision” based on evidence gathered.  She said it was saddening to learn about the charges issued, but that “this is the penalty for administrative negligence”.

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