A story that most people in (west) Amman know by now is that of Marwan Qsus’s shooting a few months ago. For those who don’t know about it, the gist of it is that Marwan – who manages the popular third circle cafe, Kanabaye – was shot a few months back by a drunk individual over the guy’s missing coat. This (young) individual just happens to be an officer/member of the “security apparatus”. It is also a story that got me into a bit of trouble with the Military court back in May, which is why at the time I could not fully express my disappointment at what had happened to me personally. However, the trial began that began in June has just ended earlier this morning, which allows me to talk about this subject more freely at this point.
Unfortunately, I could not make it to the sentencing of the officer who was the shooter but I just received an SMS message from someone close who attended and this is what it said:
“The officer who shot marwan qusus with four bullets on feb 1st was sentenced today by the Military Court for SIX MONTHS and was fined JD5.0 for the bullets he used in the shooting. He will be going home today since he supposedly served his time. this is justice and the rule of law for those with influence.”
I want to wait for more details, but I am utterly disappointed at the outcome of this case and I suppose the saddest part for me was that it was a bit expected.
Part of me was half expecting that, given the evidence, this man would be handed the right sentence and that justice would be served. Moreover, the six months he’s “already served” is not entirely accurate, as according to various people I know and involved in the case, he was still allowed to work everyday.
But this is really the kind of thing that validates for so many people, especially those of my generation, that the justice system in Jordan is still open to manipulation. It reinforces the idea that you really need to rely on wasta to get through life here, even attempted murder.
Please Note: Due to the obvious circumstances, I did not want this post to become a platform for any form of speech that may harm people on a personal level and I apologize for anyone that was caught in that crossfire. I’m sorry, but free speech or whatever framework of free speech that I permit on this blog is not a mandate to attack people and involve their families on a personal level. It is truly in bad taste and I think people should be ashamed. If you have an opinion on the case, that’s fine. You have the right to voice that opinion. But within that right there is a responsibility to articulate it in a proper manner, a manner that does not involve insults, involvement of family or the use dual identities.
I should point out than in my nearly four years of blogging and almost 2,000 posts, this is the very first time I’ve ever closed down the comments, which says something about the extent to which I allow people to speak here and encourage that debate. And it also, sadly, says something about how low the comments have gotten and I can only assume they go downhill from here.
At the end of the day, we are supposed to be civilized people living in a civilized society and in a civilized nation.
There’s something to be said about acting like it.