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Three convicted for sexual assault given longest prison terms in Jordanian history

Jordan's Criminal Court sentenced three individuals to additional jail sentences ranging from 40 to 45 years, the harshest ever in the country's history.

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Jordan’s Criminal Court sentenced three individuals to additional jail sentences ranging from 40 to 45 years, the country’s harshest ever. They were convicted in 2020 of kidnapping and sexually assaulting women.

Two were sentenced to over 45 years in jail, while the third was sentenced to 40 years in prison, all with hard labor, after being convicted of sodomy, abduction, molestation, and assault on five women. According to court documents obtained by Arab News, the three defendants conspired to sexually assault women and stole a car to carry out their “evil crimes.”

According to the charge document, the defendants wore masks to conceal their faces and approached young men and women sitting in their automobiles, pretending to be police officers or security agents. According to the court, the defendants would recruit ladies to accompany them and would assault the men who accompanied them in the automobiles.

“The three males would then drive to various towns (outside of Amman), park the stolen automobile in empty areas, and sexually abuse the victims,” according to court documents.

According to a court source who requested anonymity, the judge increased the prison terms from 30 to 40 and 45 years “in light of the gravity of their offenses.” “It is a stomach-turning crime and a first in Jordanian history,” they continued.

Additionally, the source stated that the three defendants were sentenced to the “biggest prison terms ever in Jordan’s judicial history.” The verdicts were handed down last week and will be reviewed automatically by the Court of Cassation within 30 days, as required by law.

Additionally, the charge sheet stated that the defendants would provide their victims with a gallon of gasoline or water and instruct them to “wash their private areas to remove any evidence.” The court stated that authorities were able to apprehend the three defendants after receiving complaints from male victims who were with the abducted ladies.

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