Prosecutor adds 2 charges to Luweibdeh building collapse

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AMMAN — Amman Pubic Prosecutor Thaaer Al-Naseer added two charges to the arraignment of the collapsed Jabal Luweibdeh building and two others who participated in the maintenance work, which is believed to have led to weakening the structure and its eventual crumble.اضافة اعلان

The charges are namely causing the death of 14 people and inflicting harm on 10 people, according to a local media outlet.

Initially, the defendants were charged multiple times with offenses related to causing death and harm.

On Monday, the prosecutor decided to keep the three suspects in detention, pending further interrogation, while he heard testimonies of a number of the victim’s family members.

The old four-floor building in Jabal Luweibdeh collapsed last Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring 10 others. The building fell onto a smaller house, also old in the middle-class neighborhood, known for its cultural and art venues, restaurants, and cafes.

The injured were dug from under the rubble in an arduous 4-day operation by various Jordanian security services, led by the Search and Rescue Teams of the Civil Defense Department.

In a related development, Hussam Al-Najdawi of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) said Sunday that building owners must inspect their property.

Najdawi, a GAM deputy mayor for Zones and Environment, said cadres are working through Tuesday to remove rubble at the site of the collapsed building, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

He said examining old buildings does not fall under the responsibility of GAM, even if a complaint is received. “It is the role of specialized bodies to carry out the necessary inspection, and to determine the safety of the building for the purpose of public safety of the residents in those buildings,” he said.

“Inspection by the naked eye is meaningless,” he noted.

A committee was formed by the Amman Governor and the Public Safety Committee, which will receive complaints by the relatives of the Luweibdeh victims. The governor said if a hazard is detected in a building, the site must be evacuated, and the owner should be brought in to conduct either maintenance, or be forced to demolish the site.

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