Jordan Charges 13 Activists with Insulting the King (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/02/12)
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Jordanian military prosecutors on Sunday charged 13 political
activists with incitement against the regime, rioting and insulting
King Abdullah II, AFP reported.
The charges come a day after police broke up their demonstration, the
“State Security Court prosecutors accused the 13 of inciting the
public against the country´s political regime, rioting and insulting
the king,” a court official told AFP, which reported that the 13 face
up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
On Saturday, around 200 members of various youth movements
demonstrated near the prime minister´s office in Amman to demand the
release of six activists who were jailed last month for insulting the
According to AFP, anti-riot police dispersed the protest after the
demonstrators refused to stop chanting against the regime.
Public Security Department spokesman Mohammad Khatib told AFP that
police had arrested 28 of those who took part in the protest, 15 of
whom have subsequently been released.
The suspects are being tried before a military tribunal because of
the nature of their alleged crimes, Khatib said.
According to a statement released by the Public Security Department,
the arrests were made after “some protesters broke the law, disturbed
public order, blocked traffic and insulted security officials.” The
statement added that the demonstration “was not peaceful.”
Jordan´s powerful Muslim Brotherhood condemned police action against
the protesters, telling AFP, “Dispersing the protest and arresting
the activists escalate tension in the country,” according to
spokesman Jamil Abu Baker.
He added, “Their chants came as a result of frustration that no real
reforms have been introduced and no genuine anti-corruption steps
have been taken.”
Abu Baker told AFP that “the regime still has time to prove its good
intention. Reform is the only solution to the current tension and
escalation in Jordan.”
Jordan has seen relatively small but persistent Arab Spring-inspired
demonstrations almost every week since January of last year,
demanding sweeping reforms and a tougher clampdown on corruption.
Last Friday, hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated against what they
charged was “procrastination” on reform in the country.
King Abdullah II has promised Jordanians some reforms, including
a “future” government that will be elected instead of appointed by
the king. The king appoints his cabinet ministers and can dissolve
parliament, which is elected by the people.
Those reforms have been slow in being implemented, and Middle East
expert Dr. Assaf David of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem has said
he believes the king’s intentions are neither serious nor genuine.
Dr. David recently told Arutz Sheva he believes that even if King
Abdullah is not overthrown, he is losing the public’s support and his
decision-making ability is gradually being reduced.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/02/12)
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