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Deputies seek end to colleague’s suspension — source

By Khaled Neimat - Mar 02,2014 - Last updated at Mar 02,2014

AMMAN — MPs plan to unfreeze their colleague Qusai Dmeisi’s membership in the Lower House and end his one-year suspension ahead of time, a parliamentary source said on Sunday.

Since Dmeisi’s suspension last September over a shooting incident that took place under the Dome and led to the dismissal of culprit Talal Sharif, the 150-strong House has never held sessions with full attendance.

By-elections were held in November to fill Sharif’s vacant seat, but Dmeisi remains suspended.

Last year, Sharif fired at least two bullets from his AK-47 at Dmeisi (Zarqa, 4th District) during an argument as the Lower House was about to start a session.

The bullets did not hit Dmeisi, but the House decided to dismiss Sharif, which effectively lifted his immunity, to allow judicial authorities to investigate the case.

He has been charged with attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and resisting security forces.

Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh and his deputy, Ahmad Safadi, “made consultations” and received no objection to end the suspension from the parties involved, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. 

Meanwhile, the Lower House continued its discussions of the draft agriculture law during its Sunday session.

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