EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 16/12/96
EXTRA 192/96 Death Penalty 12 December 1996
JORDANMahmud Muhammad 'Aswan, aged 38, Egyptian national
Kabud Hamdan Raslan Sabir, aged 20, Egyptian national
executed: 'Umar Ahmad Muhammad Abu Shu'aib, aged 26
Muhammad Na'el Darwish Majdalawi, aged 22
On Human Rights Day, 10 December, Mahmud Muhammad 'Aswan and Kabud Hamdan Raslan
Sabir, both Egyptian nationals, were sentenced to death before the Criminal
Court. They had been convicted of murder. The total number of death sentences
imposed by courts in 1996 in Jordan has now reached 23.
The sentences must now be ratified by the Court of Cassation and King Hussein
bin Talal before they are carried out.
On the same day, 'Umar Ahmad Muhammad Abu Shu'aib was executed by hanging at
Swarqa Prison. According to reports he was pronounced dead after 15 minutes.
He had been convicted of murder.
Today, 12 December, Muhammad Na'el Darwish Majdalawi was executed at Swarqa
Prison, he had also been convicted of murder. He was the ninth person to be
executed this year in Jordan.
While Amnesty International sympathizes with the families of the victims of
violent crimes, it unreservedly opposes the use of the death penalty in all
cases as a violation of the fundamental right to life, as enshrined in the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On the anniversary of this declaration,
Amnesty International strongly urges the Government of Jordan to take action
to reduce crimes punishable by the death penalty, with a view to abolishing
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
Arabic, English or your own language:
- expressing your sorrow that on the anniversary of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, 10 December, 'Umar Ahmad Muhammad Abu Shu'aib was executed
and that two days later on 12 December, Muhammad Na'el Darwish Majdalawi was
- expressing concern that on the same day two Egyptian nationals, Mahmud Muhammad
'Aswan and Kabud Hamdan Raslan Sabir were sentenced to death by the Criminal
- urging that if the Court of Cassation ratifies the death sentences, His
Majesty, King Hussein bin Talal, commute them;
- urging that no more death penalties be carried out in Jordan and that the
government work towards abolishing the death penalty by the 50th Anniversary
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1998.
1) His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Royal Palace
Amman, The Hashmite Kingdom of Jordan
Fax: +962 6 634 755
Telegrams: King Hussein, Amman, Jordan
Salutation: Your Majesty