The Jordan Times – Defence attorney in embezzlement case declared ‘incompetent’

Defence attorney in embezzlement case declared ‘incompetent’
Jul 26, 2010 | 00:00 Updated: Feb 14, 2012 | 12:19
AMMAN (JT) – The Northern Amman Court of First Instance on Sunday declared a defence attorney incompetent to present the final defence argument in the agriculture ministry embezzlement case.

The court had provided the attorney, representing two defendants in the case, with the chance to give his statement in two previous hearings, but he failed to do so, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

During yesterday’s session, the defence attorney requested another extension, but his request was denied and the court deemed him incompetent to present the defence’s final statement.

Under the law, a court is entitled to consider defence attorneys incompetent if they fail to present their final statement after being offered two chances to do so, according to Petra.

The Anti-Corruption Commission initially levelled four different charges against nine suspects allegedly involved in the case, which was uncovered in December last year.

The main suspect, who has pleaded guilty, was charged with the embezzlement of JD1.4 million. Five other suspects were charged with being involved in the crime, three with exploitation of public office and six suspects with negligence.

In the next hearing, set for August 3, the court is expected to issue its verdict in the case, ending three months of legal proceedings.

Article 174 of the Penal Code stipulates 3-15 years of imprisonment with hard labour for those convicted of embezzlement.

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