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Jordan: Further information on death penalty: Kayed Ahmad

, Index number: MDE 16/008/1996

The Court of Cassation has ratified the death sentence passed by the Amman Criminal Court on 29-year-old Kayed Ahmad for murder.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 16/08/96
5 November 1996
Further information on EXTRA 124/96 (MDE 16/05/96, 12 August 1996) - Death
penalty
JORDANKayed Ahmad, aged 29
Amnesty International has learned that the Court of Casssation has ratified
the death sentence passed by the Amman Criminal Court on 29-year-old Kayed
Ahmad for murder. If King Hussain bin Talal approves the ratification, Kayed
Ahmad could be executed soon afterwards.
Amnesty International does not in any way condone violent crime and recognizes
the responsibility of governments to punish the perpetrators. However, the
organization considers it the severest form of cruel, inhuman and degrading
treatment and a violation of the right to life, as enshrined in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, and is therefore unconditionally opposed to its
use.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express or airmail
letters in Arabic, English or in your own language:
- urging King Hussain bin Talal to commute the death sentence against Kayed
Ahmad, recently ratified by the Court of Cassation;
- urging him also to commute all other pending death sentences;
- appealing to the Jordanian authorities to discontinue the use of the death
penalty in accordance with their stated commitment to human rights.
APPEALS TO:
1) His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Royal Palace
Amman, The Hashmite Kingdom of Jordan
Faxes: +962 6 634 755
Telegrams: King Hussein, Amman, Jordan
Salutation: Your Majesty
2) His Excellency 'Abd al-Karim Kabariti
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
PO Box 80
Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Faxes: +962 6 642 520
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Amman, Jordan
Salutation: Your Excellency
3) His Excellency 'Abd al-Karim al-Dughami
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Amman, Jordan
Salutation: Your Excellency
4) His Excellency Awad Khleifat
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior
2
Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Faxes: +962 6 606 908
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Amman, Jordan
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO:
Arab Organization for Human Rights (Jordan)
PO Box 922430
Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
and to diplomatic representatives of Jordan accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 3 December 1996.

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