Category Archives: Jordan

2 Brothers Sentenced to Death for Killing Pregnant Sister to ‘Cleanse Family Honor’

The Criminal Court on Sunday sentenced two brothers to death after convicting them of the premeditated murder of their pregnant sister and her husband’s other wife at a farm in Balqa Governorate, Jordan, in November 2014.

The two defendants, aged 22 and 28, were each charged with two counts of premeditated murder for the fatal shooting of their 27-year-old sister, who was three-months pregnant, and the second woman, 50, at a farm in Balqa, 35km northwest of Amman
on Nov. 8.

The two siblings, a shepherd and a restaurant employee, were calm when the presiding judge was reading the verdict details, a senior judicial source said.

But when the brothers heard that they received the death sentence, they addressed the court saying that “they killed their sister to cleanse their family honor,” the judicial source said.


Child bride rates soar among Syrians living in Jordanian exile

Married at 15 and divorced at 16, a Syrian teen says she regrets having said yes to a handsome suitor — a stranger who turned into an abusive husband.

Yet the reasons that transformed her into a child bride have become more prevalent among Syrians who live in Jordanian exile because of a six-year-old civil war back home. More families marry off daughters to ease the financial burden or say marriage is the way to protect the “honour” of girls seen as vulnerable outside their homeland.


Jordan repeals law allowing rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims

The Jordanian parliament has voted to revoke an article of the country’s penal code which allows a rapist to escape punishment for his crime so long as he marries the victim.

A royal judiciary committee advocated the abolishment of Article 308 – which shields rape, statutory rape and kidnap perpetrators from prosecution if they marry the survivor – back in March.

Jordanian law currently says that rape is punishable by up to seven years in prison or capital punishment if the victim is aged 15 or under. The outdated statute, however, created a loophole which suspends any criminal prosecution if the two people involved get married for a minimum of three years.


Jordan releases shocking security footage showing one of their soldiers killing three U.S. Army Green Berets

Jordan’s military released security camera footage Monday of a shooting in which a Jordanian soldier killed three U.S. military trainers at an air base in the kingdom.

The video had previously been shown to the families of the U.S. Army Green Berets by U.S. law enforcement but had not been made public until Monday.

The soldiers were killed on November 4, when their convoy came under fire at the entrance to the al-Jafr base in southern Jordan.

A Jordanian military court sentenced the soldier, 1st Sgt. Marik al-Tuwayha, to life in prison with hard labor last week.


Jordan releases soldier responsible for killing Israeli schoolgirls

Jordanian soldier Ahmed Daqamseh left prison early Sunday morning after serving 20 years in prison for a deadly shooting rampage that killed seven Israeli girls in 1997.

He opened fire on the class of Israeli eighth graders while they were on a class trip to the “Island of Peace” border post – wounding an additional seven girls. Rather than imposing the death penalty, a court in Jordan found him to be mentally unstable and sentenced him to life in prison.

Daqamseh arrived at his home in the northern Jordanian city of Irbid. Videos posted online showed him being welcomed by men who were singing and dancing.


Green Berets ‘Murdered by an Ally,’ Families Charge

The fathers of three fallen Green Berets believe their sons were murdered last year by a Jordanian soldier, and they’ve seen the surveillance video they believe proves it.

“They were ambushed…with accurate and lethal precision,” said Chuck Lewellen, father of Sergeant First Class Matthew Lewellen. “No warning, simply murdered.”

Speaking Tuesday at the National Press Club and flanked by three lawmakers, the fathers called for an apology from the Jordanian government, and the stopping all U.S. aid to the country until that happens.


Muslim terrorist who killed British tourist is one of 10 prisoners hanged at dawn as Jordan hits back at ISIS

A gunman convicted of firing at a group of Western tourists in Amman in 2006, killing one Briton is among 15 people executed on Saturday by Jordan.

Christopher Stokes, from Littleborough near Rochdale, was killed in September 2006 when gunman Nabeel Ahmed Issa al-Jaourah opened fire in a Roman amphitheatre in Amman.

Al-Jaourah had been sentenced to death in December 2006 when he was found guilty of the murders in a Jordanian court.


Jordan: US embassy move to Jerusalem ‘red line’

Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed Momani warned that the US moving its diplomatic mission in Israel to Jerusalem would lead to “catastrophic” shockwaves in the region.

Momani asserted that moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be a “red line” for the Amman government and could potentially “inflame the Islamic and Arab street” and serve as a “gift to extremists.”

Well, isn’t that precious?


Jordan attack: Canadian among five dead in Karak shooting

A Canadian tourist and four police officers have been killed in gun attacks in and near the Jordanian city of Karak, officials say.

Unidentified gunmen went on a shooting spree before fleeing to an ancient castle in the city and taking several tourists hostage.

Jordanian officials said events began with a shoot-out between police and armed men at a house near Karak. The gunmen then fled by car into the city.

Nine other people have been wounded.

No group has admitted carrying out the attacks.


Jordan says intelligence officers killed in refugee camp attack

Five people have been killed in an attack on an office of Jordan’s intelligence services at a refugee camp near the capital, Amman.

The incident, rare in Jordan, was confirmed by the country’s minister of media affairs, Mohammed al-Momani, who said it took place at an office in the Baqa’a refugee camp just before 7am (4am GMT) on Monday morning.

He gave no details of the attack but said it was carried out by those with the “criminal behaviour of people who are outside of our religion”.


Jordan: 2 Americans Among 5 Killed As Muslim Murders For Allah

AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian police captain opened fire Monday on instructors at an international police training center in Jordan’s capital, killing at least five people, including two Americans, before being shot dead by security forces.

It was not clear if there was a political motive to the shooting spree, which also wounded six people, including two Americans. But concern has swirled in staunchly pro-Western Jordan over possible revenge attacks by Islamic militants since the country assumed a high-level role in the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State extremist group, which controls large areas of neighboring Syria and Iraq.