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Former MP Talal Sharif out on bail

By Khaled Neimat - Nov 21,2013 - Last updated at Nov 21,2013

AMMAN — The Criminal Court on Thursday accepted a bail request for a former MP who fired at one of his colleagues in September.

Former deputy Talal Sharif fired at least two bullets from his AK47 at his colleague MP Qusai 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 Lower 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.

The decision to grant bail to Sharif follows attempts by several deputies to end the case and after reaching a settlement between the tribes of the two MPs.

"The efforts exerted by Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh and several other MPs have obtained results as the Court decided to grant the bail request," said a statement issued on Thursday by the Lower House speaker's office.

A few hours after the unprecedented incident, which took place in one of Parliament’s halls, the Lower House met for an emergency meeting and voted to dismiss Sharif from the Lower House, suspend Dmeisi’s membership for one year and freeze his financial benefits.

MPs also endorsed a recommendation by the Legal Committee to take similar severe measures against any future acts of violence by any deputy.

The decisions were facilitated by a Royal Decree to include the incident on the agenda of the extraordinary session, as the Lower House cannot discuss any issues other than those listed in the Royal Decree that summons them to meet.

In the recently endorsed Lower House Rules of Procedure, MPs introduced tighter measures against similar actions, in an attempt to avoid a recurrence of such incidents.

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