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Soil not cause of Luweibdeh building collapse, says expert

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(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN  — An expert told the Amman Magistrates Court that soil was not the cause of the collapse of a building in the capital’s Jabal Luweibdeh area.اضافة اعلان

In a four-hour court session on Tuesday, the expert, who is part of a team designated to determine the cause of the collapse, testified that the area is stony in nature and therefore the soil was not the cause of the collapse.

An expert report that was presented to the court indicated that the cause of the collapse was the maintenance work that took place on the day of the incident on the lower level of the four-story building when a wall and a support pillar were demolished.

The expert is the Public Prosecution’s final witness, bringing the total number of witnesses the court has heard over the course of 21 sessions, since late September, to 30.

On September 13, a building collapsed claiming the lives of 14 people and injuring nine others. Three people were arrested in the case; the Public Prosecutor charged them with 14 counts of involuntary manslaughter and nine counts of causing harm.

The defendants, who had pleaded “not guilty” to all charges, were released from custody after the 30-day mandatory period ended.


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