PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 16/07/98
20 May 1998
Further information on 389/97 (MDE 16/14/97, 11 December 1997) - Death penalty
JORDANAhmad Ahmad Bani ‘Ali, 52
On 29 April 1998 Jordan’s Criminal Court upheld the death penalty imposed on
Ahmad Ahmad Bani ‘Ali for the murder of his wife.
The Court of Cassation had previously returned his case to the Criminal Court,
requesting it to reconsider its judgement. The death sentence must be returned
to the Court of Cassation and King Hussein bin Talal for ratification before
it can be carried out.
Eleven people were executed in Jordan in 1997.
Amnesty International does not condone violent crime and recognizes the role
of governments in bringing perpetrators of such crimes to justice. However,
the organization considers the death penalty to be the ultimate 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.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail letters in
English or Arabic or your own language:
- expressing sympathy for the victims of violent crimes and their families
and acknowledging the role of governments in bringing the perpetrators of such
crimes to justice, yet stressing your unconditional opposition to the death
penalty, which has never been shown to have a unique deterrent effect and which
is brutalizing to all involved in its application;
- urging King Hussein bin Talal to commute the death sentence upheld by the
Criminal Court in relation to Ahmad Ahmad Bani ‘Ali on 29 April 1998 to a more
humane form of punishment;
- urging that no more executions 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 on 10 December 1998.
His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Royal Palace, Amman
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Telegrams: King Hussein, Amman, Jordan
Faxes: + 962 6 462 7421
Salutation: Your Majesty