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Man gets 20-year prison term for complicity in murder of 2 brothers

By Rana Husseini - Feb 21,2021 - Last updated at Feb 22,2021

AMMAN — The Cassation Court has upheld a June Criminal Court ruling, sentencing a man to 20 years in prison after convicting him of complicity in the murder of two brothers in Naur in June 2018.

The Criminal Court handed the defendant the maximum sentence after convicting him of complicity in the shooting death of the two brothers, who were his close relatives, on June 15.

Court documents said the defendant and two other men, who were convicted but did not appeal their verdict, engaged in “a heated argument” one day before the incident over financial disputes.

“The victims attacked the defendant and destroyed parts of his vehicle,” court papers said.

The defendant and the two other men decided to take revenge the following day, court documents stated.

Armed with guns and wooden sticks, the three men headed to where the victims resided and attacked them, according to court transcripts.

“The brawl ended with the death of the two brothers,” court papers said.

The Criminal Court’s attorney general had asked the higher court to uphold the sentence against the defendant stating that the court had abided by the proper legal procedures when sentencing the defendant.

The defendant contested the court ruling arguing that the “court relied on weak and contradictory evidence”.

However, the Cassation Court ruled that the Criminal Court proceedings were proper and the sentence given was satisfactory.

The Court of Cassation judges were Mohammad Ibrahim, Bassem Mubeidin, Nayef Samarat, Hammad Ghzawi and Majid Azab.  

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