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Two women hanged in Jordan for murdering husband

June 25, 1997

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ Jordan today executed two women convicted of murdering the husband of one of them and chopping his body into pieces.

Amira Saleem, 31, a Syrian, and Eidah Hussein, 35, a Jordanian, were hanged at dawn in Swaqa prison, 60 miles south of Amman, assistant prison director Sgt. Majdi Oran said.

The two women were found guilty of murdering Saleem’s husband, Murad Youssef, also a Syrian, in March 1996.

According to court testimony, Saleem wanted her husband killed because he mistreated and beat her. She got Hussein, her friend and neighbor, to shoot Youssef, and the two women sliced the body into eight pieces and dumped it in a drain.

Their execution brings to 11 the number of people hanged this year. Two weeks ago, three people, including two Egyptians, were hanged for premeditated murder.

Murder and rape are punishable by death in Jordan.

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