Jordanian MP opens fire on colleague with automatic gun after 'dispute about the budget'

Though debates can often get heated in the country's Chamber of Deputies, it is the first time in its history that bullets have been fired within the parliament building

Adam Withnall
Thursday 12 September 2013 14:02
Comments
Jordan's parliament in session
Jordan's parliament in session

A Jordanian MP has opened fire on a colleague in a corridor of the country’s parliament, following a dispute over political budgets.

Enraged after a disagreement with a fellow member of the Chamber of Deputies, MP Talal Al Sharif reportedly ran outside to his car and retrieved an automatic weapon.

A number of MPs told Al Jazeera that they then witnessed Mr Sharif storm into the building, chase down the man with whom he had been arguing, and allegedly aim the gun at him.

Another MP, Mariam Al Lozi, reportedly then tried to stop Mr Sharif from using the weapon by directing the barrel upwards. The gun was then fired, at least three times, into the ceiling and wall immediately outside the parliament’s main hall.

Both the men were identified as prominent members of traditional Bedouin tribes with no particular ideological agenda, and early reports suggested that the protagonists involved would not be named because parliament was meeting in a closed session at the time.

But the incident has apparently angered Jordanian King Abdullah II, who has made an exception in this case and instructed the speaker of the house to hand Mr Sharif over to the police.

Prosecutors in Jordan now say the alleged shooter could face up to 15 years in jail, and he has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm without a license, resisting police arrest and disturbing public order, according to a police official.

This is not the first time a meeting of the 180-seat chamber has turned violent, but it is the first time in its history that bullets have been fired. On a number of occasions members have thrown shoes and water bottles at each other, and in a prominent recent television debate one MP was restrained from pointing a gun at a colleague.

An official has named the target of the shooting as Qusai al-Dmeisi, and said he had lodged a complaint with the prosecutor earlier in the day.

He added that Mr Sharif was detained for an initial 15 days, pending questioning.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in