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Jordanian Police Arrest 97 Fugitives, Racketeering Suspects

Jordanian Police Arrest 97 Fugitives, Racketeering Suspects

Sunday, 18 October, 2020 - 12:00
Jordanian security vehicles seen near the General Intelligence directorate offices, north of Amman, Jordan, June 6, 2016. Reuters.

A Jordanian security source said 97 fugitives and suspected racketeers were arrested on Saturday by a police commando force.

The raid came after the Public Security Department (PSD) had launched a crackdown on "wanted fugitives, recidivists, racketeers and those who intimidate citizens," the source added.

A PSD spokesman said among those apprehended five are placed on a most-wanted list.

He also stressed that the clampdown will continue across the Kingdom "until all wanted and suspected persons are nabbed."

Last week, a 16-year-old’s hands were chopped off and his eyes gouged out by a gang of men in Jordan's Zarqa city, causing shock and widespread anger in the country.

The special police taskforce said it has arrested 10 suspects involved in the crime.

For his part, the prosecutor of the Criminal Court ensured that the perpetrators will receive the maximum punishment enshrined in the law.

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