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Man sentenced to 8 years in prison for attempted murder

By Rana Husseini - Oct 12,2021 - Last updated at Oct 12,2021

AMMAN — The Cassation Court has upheld a June Criminal Court ruling, sentencing a man to eight years in prison after convicting him of attempting to murder a taxi driver in Amman in June. 

The Criminal Court declared the defendant guilty of shooting the victim in the hand and chest on June 23 following “a heated argument”. 

The court handed the defendant a 12-year prison term, but the verdict was immediately reduced to eight years because the victim dropped charges.

Court papers said the defendant knew the victim from before the incident.

On the day of the shooting, the court said the defendant and two of his friends pulled over the victim to get a ride with him.

“An argument ensued while on the way and the defendant drew a gun and shot the victim several times,” court papers said

The victim survived the assault after undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital, the court papers added. 

However, attending physicians at the hospital determined that the injuries were life-threatening and he survived due to medical interference.

The defendant contested the Criminal Court’s ruling arguing that the “prosecution failed to provide solid evidence to convict him with the charges”.

“The defendant did not intend to murder the victim. He wanted to only scare him,” the lawyer argued.

The Criminal Court’s attorney general asked the higher court to uphold the ruling. 

The higher court ruled that the Criminal Court proceedings were accurate and that the defendant was given the appropriate punishment. 

The Cassation Court bench comprised judges Mohammad Ibrahim, Yassin Abdullat, Nayef Samarat, Hammad Ghzawi and Qassem Dughmi.

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