Witness testifies in Jafer killing case

Jordan

Published: 2017-06-20 15:54

Last Updated: 2017-06-20 16:48


One witness testified on Tuesday in the Military Court hearing into the killing of three US Special Forces. (Archive photo)
One witness testified on Tuesday in the Military Court hearing into the killing of three US Special Forces. (Archive photo)

One witness testified on Tuesday in the Military Court hearing into the killing of three US Special Forces instructors by a Jordanian soldier at the King Faisal Airbase in Jafer, Maan, in November 2016.

Another witness is due to give evidence to the court on Wednesday.

A number of relatives of the killed US soldiers were present in the court and expressed their appreciation to the court for its efforts to swiftly deal with the case, while also maintaining the legal standards for a fair trial.

The soldier is accused of murder in violation of article 327 of the Penal Code. In a hearing last week, the defendant denied the charges of killing more than one person, insulting the dignity and reputation of the Jordanian Armed Forces and violating military orders.

At a hearing on Sunday, the court heard four prosecution witnesses, while another four witnesses due have their testimonies on Monday.

The killings allegedly occurred on November 4, 2016, when the soldier is reported to have heard gunshots from an unknown source while on duty at the airbase's main gate along with a number of other soldiers.

At the same time, it is reported, a number of vehicles belonging to US forces approached the gate to the airbase, whereby the Jordanian soldier allegedly opening fire, killing three US Special Forces instructors.

The three US service members killed were from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The hearing is being held under the chairmanship of Chief Military Judge Col. Mohammad Afif, alongside military judges Lt. Col. Abdulla Al Fawaz and Maj. Safwan Al Zu'bi, in the presence of the Attorney General.