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Jordan probes mysterious Salti sisters deaths, as tributes continue

Investigations by authorities so far do not indicate any criminal activity associated with the case

Jordan probes mysterious Salti sisters deaths, as tributes continue

Jordanian authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of sisters Soraya and Jumana Salti at the weekend, as friends and colleagues continue to post tributes on social media.

Soraya Salti, 45, one of the founders of non-profit organisation Injaz Al Arab, was found dead alongside her sister, Jumana, 37, in the Jweidah area of the city.

An autopsy showed that the bodies of Soraya Salti, 44, and Jumana Salti, 37, who were found together at the base of a building in the Jweidah area of Amman on Friday, had multiple fractures.

Local media (Al Arabiya News) further reported that a note directed to the parents of the sisters had been found near the bodies. No information on its contents or which of the sisters had written has been revealed.

The members of the Salti family also haven’t been available for comments, The Jordan Times has reported.

The sisters had spent the day at a sports club in an Amman suburb. In the evening, a janitor working nearby discovered their bodies after he heard a thud.

All investigations so far do not indicate any criminal activity associated with the case, the Jordanian General Security Forces stated yesterday. Al Arabiya News further reported that all investigation data including medical reports, witness testimonies, technical and forensic crime reports all indicated no suspicious or criminal in relation to the incident. All of the investigation reports will be sent to South Amman’s prosecutor in order to proceed with the investigation.

Numerous tributes wwere made on social media, with Marwan Muasher, a former Jordanian deputy prime minister, describing the two sisters as “an example of vitality, love of life and enthusiasm” in a Facebook postings. He added that he found it “difficult to believe that they have committed suicide.”

Marwan Juma, former ICT Minister, said Soraya was “vibrant, inspiring, positive, energetic, and full of life,” while he called Jumana a “beautiful spirit” in a Facebook post.

Numerous local media have also reported Rania Atalla, a former chief of staff for HM Queen Rania and close friend of the pair, as toldthe Venture publication the sisters felt uncomfortable with the attention their success had garnered. “Both sisters were understated. They didn’t want the limelight,” she said.

In 2001, Soraya Salti took over Injaz, which aims to drive youth education, financial literacy and entrepreneurialism among young people across the Arab world. Since then, the organisation has helped over two million students in the region.

In 2006, Soraya was awarded the 2006 Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Jordan. She had featured several times on CEO Middle East magazine’s list of the 100 most influential Arab women.

Jumana was a director at PwC’s Advisory Group, based in Dubai. She had previously worked at the Royal Court of Jordan for four years on economic and socio-economic national strategies in King Abdullah’s Economic Department, and later headed Queen Rania’s strategic planning function and education portfolio.