Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jordanian Awarded SR 4.3 million for unlawful detention

By reading out today's title you may have thought and come under the impression that whether I've forgotten my proverbs. Well clearly I did that on purpose! Today's read comprises of something that made sense for all the accusations. A Jordanian was awarded SR 4.3 million because he was detained unlawfully for an extended period!  The reason behind this was that the prisoner was held three years longer than his sentence time. Jeddah's Administrative Court had made sure that the General Directorate of Prisons to file out the amount to the Jordanian. The Prisoner had been sentenced to only a year for imprisonment but the prison did not allow him to be released saying that his case was still pending. He was supposed to be released on the 3rd of December 2011 but clearly that did not happen.

The prisoner was sentenced in the first place for committing acts of forgery. The Legal counselor Mohammad Al-Thaali supported the accusation and made it clear that the directorate had kept the prisoner unlawfully and that it was not his call to make. He also said that he misinterpreted the deportation decision along with the processing of the case. Soon on he said that prisons are just supposed to follow the orders of the court without using their own thought. Prisons are just used for serving time for the committed crime and nothing more. Prisons have no right to extend someone's sentence time or release someone before their time. The Lawyer of the defendant had showed his interest and demanded that his client be given instead of 4.3, SR 15.5 million. 

That would mean he is asking for nearly SR 15,000 for each day he spent in the prison walls unlawfully! However, court has granted him around SR 4,000 per day which means SR 118,000 per month. If you ask me I'm generally not sure whether the new accusation and demand out forward by the lawyer is correct but all I can comment on the fact is that the man had committed crime for which he suffered far too long. No law or order should put someone to sentence for more than he does not deserve. In this particular case the Jordanian had missed out three important years of his life that he could have lived as a free man. Now instead of enjoying freedom for the rest of his life he will keep remembering the fact that he had spent four years in prison and that too for nothing. He could have made a career out of his life in that time but clearly that did not happen.

More on this case was that the court had to pay up for what they did. They paid the price in three parts. SR 4.3 Million is a lot of money especially for someone who just got out of jail. Maybe the family of the victim can now have a good start to a new life with the return of their family member. This money should be used as a kick start for maybe something good. I hope that now Jordanian guy stays out of prison for a really long time. And let this be a warning to all, do not go to prison thinking that you'll be rewarded too. This isn't the safest way to make money!

Source: Arab News

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