Attorney to challenge extradition of bad check writer to UAE
The attorney of a 25-year-old man, who was sentenced by the Court of Cassation to be handed to a neighboring country on charges of issuing bad checks, said he will produce new evidence in court to try him in the Kingdom.
The Cassation Court, which reviewed the case of Raed Mohammad, who was sentenced in absentia in the United Arab Emirates in 1994 for bounced checks worth JD10,000, ruled that he should be extradited to the Emirates based on an extradition treaty to which Arab League countries are party. Jordan ratified the treaty in 1968.
However, his attorney Omran Abdullat told the Jordan Times on Tuesday his research revealed that a judicial agreement was signed between Jordan and the UAE in April 2000 which stipulates that each country would try its own citizens who are wanted for any criminal offence in the other country.
“I am going to present my evidence when the case is returned to the Court of First Instance and based on the April agreement, hopefully the court will rule in favor of trying my client in Jordan,” he said.
According to the attorney, Mohammad was sentenced to three months in prison in the UAE, which is the minimum sentence, while in Jordan the minimum is a one-year prison term. ― (Jordan Times)
By Rana Husseini