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Court releases Khashman, Safadi on bail
By Petra - Jan 24,2013 - Last updated at Jan 24,2013
AMMAN — Amman Court of Appeals on Thursday released on bail the head of the National Union Party List, Mohammad Khashman, who was detained at the Jweideh Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre.
The court also released Amman Third District candidate Ahmad Safadi on bail.
The decision was taken after the two men won seats in the 17th Lower House.
Last week, the prosecutor general ordered the detention of Safadi for 15 days pending interrogation over charges of illegally holding voter identification cards, while Khashman was detained on Saturday for allegedly trying to buy votes.
The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) on Saturday said the Citizenship ticket, led by former minister Hazem Qashou, did not win a seat in the 17th Lower House, granting the seat instead to the leftist Democratic Renaissance list.
Leftist MP Abla Abu Olbeh said on Sunday that she lost her seat in the 17th Lower House, after the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) recounted the votes.
With one day left until Wednesday’s parliamentary elections, five candidates remain in custody as investigations continue over their suspected involvement in vote buying and other election crimes.
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