The brutal assault case against a 16-year-old boy shook Jordanian public opinion and ignited social networking sites in the country, amid a tidal wave of anger, condemnation, and the popular demand to implement the maximum penalties for the perpetrators.
The boy was transferred to Zarqa Governmental Hospital in poor condition, after he was beaten, his arms amputated, and his eyes slit on Tuesday.
The media spokesperson for the Public Security Directorate said, “A group of people, following a previous murder committed by one of his relatives, blocked his way, took him to an empty area, and attacked him with beating and sharp tools.”
The media spokesman added that the assailants had been arrested, and that the record of the main suspect in committing the Zarqa crime included 172 crimes.
“Solve problems with coffee cups”
This crime sparked widespread anger across the cyberspace, and the hashtag #Blue_Crime was issued on communication sites in Jordan and other Arab countries.
Tweeters blamed the authorities for what they said was “a legal leniency that does not constitute a deterrent and allows criminals to continue.”
Many indicated that these crimes were “repeated”, calling for the implementation of harsh punishments against the accused.
Referring to tribal customs in Jordan, the tweeters denounced the “application of tribal law” in tribal places, or what is known as “kindness”, which is a temporary truce or agreement between the family of the killer and the victim’s family until the case ends and reconciliation is concluded between the two parties.
Some expressed concern about “solving the problem with a cup of coffee,” sarcastically referring to “lawlessness” in the tribal areas.
A group of tweeters also shared a video clip showing the victim of the attack and harsh scenes of violence, while the Public Security Directorate warned against publishing and circulating this video, saying that its circulation requires legal accountability for “violating all laws and customs.”
On the other hand, Twitter users found that the video, despite its ugliness, did an important job “to expose criminals instead of just another news.”
For his part, Jordanian Minister of Justice Bassam Talhouni said that the law “will take its course,” adding that King Abdullah II’s directives were clear to all agencies to “follow up on this case and take the necessary measures to provide the necessary treatment for the injured boy and take the most severe legal measures against criminals.”
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