Attorney general reviews verdict in homicide case
Apr 28, 2011 | 00:00 Updated: Feb 14, 2012 | 12:31
By Rana Husseini
AMMAN – The Criminal Court attorney general has started examining the case of a man and a woman who were sentenced to death last month for murdering the woman’s husband in August 2009.
On March 31, the Criminal Court sentenced the 33-year-old woman to death for the premeditated murder of her husband on August 18.
The court also sentenced a 34-year-old man, described in the charge sheet as the woman’s lover, to death for complicity in the murder.
But his sentence was commuted to 20 years in prison because the victim’s family dropped charges.
“The attorney general will examine the verdict and decide whether to appeal the ruling at a higher court and ask for the maximum punishment of the second defendant,” a senior judicial source said.
The source added that the verdict will also automatically be reviewed by the Cassation Court within the next 30 days.
“Both the defendant and the attorney general can appeal the verdict, but in general all verdicts that are five years and above are automatically reviewed by the Cassation Court,” the source noted.
Court transcripts said the woman was engaged in an affair with the second defendant and would often go to meet him.
“The victim noticed that his wife was leaving home very frequently and started asking her about it,” the court added.
The woman and the second defendant decided to kill the victim to get rid of him and be together and bought a poisonous substance for this purpose, according to court transcripts.
On the day of the incident, they mixed the poisonous substance with juice and offered it to the defendant while they were on a trip in a vehicle that belonged to the second defendant, the court added.
The victim consumed the drink and felt pain in his stomach and fainted, the court said, adding that they dumped his body in a deserted area and left.