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Jordan jails hospital chief over deaths of 10 COVID patients from oxygen shortage

Medical center’s director and 4 aides convicted of causing the deaths in March in case that sparked public ire

Soldiers stand guard outside Al-Hussein Al Salt Hospital in Salt, Jordan on March 13, 2021 (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
Soldiers stand guard outside Al-Hussein Al Salt Hospital in Salt, Jordan on March 13, 2021 (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian court on Sunday sentenced the director of a state hospital to three years in jail over the deaths of 10 patients at the facility, which treated coronavirus patients.

Abdel Razak al-Khashman and four aides were convicted of “causing the deaths” at the Salt state hospital where the patients died after it ran out of oxygen.

The verdict can be appealed within 10 days, an AFP correspondent at the court said.

The deaths in March sparked public anger in Jordan and led to the resignation of health minister Nazir Obeidat.

After the tragedy King Abdullah II visited the state hospital where hundreds of people rallied outside to vent their wrath.

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