Jordan king orders release of jailed activists accused of "insulting" him


Jordan king orders release of jailed activists accused of "insulting" him
by Darius Kadivar

AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdullah II Sunday ordered the release of 19 political activists charged with insulting him during pro-reform demonstrations last month, a palace official said. (See Related News)



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Jordan king orders release of jailed activists (AFP)


AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdullah II Sunday ordered the release of 19 political activists charged with insulting him during pro-reform demonstrations last month, a palace official said.

"The king instructed the government to take all necessary measures as soon as possible to release the jailed activists," some of them from the southern city of Tafileh, he told AFP.

"The decision was taken after the king met today with Tafileh's tribal leaders, who urged the king to pardon the activists."

Jordanian military prosecutors have accused the young activists of incitement against the regime, rioting and insulting the king.

Six of them were arrested in mid-March after a demonstration in Tafileh, while the other 13 were detained after a protest outside the prime minister's office in Amman.

Following the king's instructions, the military state security court told the state-run Petra news agency it will release later Sunday 38 people arrested after protests that were held in Amman and Tafileh.

It was not clear if the 19 detainees would be among them.

Jordan's opposition Islamists and other political movements as well as international human rights organisations have repeatedly demanded the authorities free the activists.

In March, the court released an 18-year-old political activist from jail after the king pardoned him for burning a picture of the monarch.

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The case of scum abu quatada shows how much patience the western societies such as Britain in dealing with these islamic swines has had. These islamic scums live in west on costs of tax payers and abuse the human rights laws against the society. Deport him to whereever hell he comes from.

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