I read with interest the article on a 22-year-old farmer who was sentenced by the Criminal Court to a 15-year prison sentence for killing a police officer in the Jordan Valley in August of 2004 (“Farmer gets 15 years for killing police officer”, The Jordan Times, January 25, 2008).
The way in which the article is written suggests that the police officer, Major Ahmad Abu Kaoud, was in the performance of his legal duty “to serve and protect”, and was within his lawful authority to arrest M.U. who was wanted on a second shooting incident.
What a tragedy that the court saw fit to impose simply a 15-year sentence!
My condolences to Abu Kaoud’s family.
I am a Canadian policeman who has had the pleasure to meet and work with many of your fine Jordanian policemen. In Canada, the automatic sentence for killing a policeman who was in the execution of his duty is life imprisonment, which in Canada is 25 years in jail. We do not have the death penalty in Canada, but if we did, I would suggest that killing a policeman and being convicted for that crime would carry this mandatory sentence.
Jordan is a magnificent country, ruled by King Abdullah who is a great King and a wonderful humanitarian. He is respected throughout the world. His Majesty needs the support of his police service as much as each and every Jordanian citizen does.
Without law, there is no order. Please help me to understand why such a minor sentence was handed down for such a cold, calculated killing of a servant of His Majesty, by a criminal who has demonstrated reckless disregard for the lives of those who are sworn to protect its citizens.
My two piastres, I second Paul.
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