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Jordan charges ex-MP with anti-regime incitement

(AFP) / 3 February 2012

AMMAN Jordanian military prosecutors on Friday charged an outspoken former MP with incitement against the regime and calling for a revolt, a judicial official said.

“State security court prosecutors charged Ahmad Abbadi with inciting the public to oppose the regime and urging a revolt during a protest for military retirees last month,” the official told AFP.

“Three retired officers have filed an official complaint against Abbadi, after he publicly said the revolt starts with the retirees.”

Abbadi, a controversial MP who served in parliament from 1989 to 1993 and from 1997 to 2001, faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

He has said on a YouTube video that Jordan “will turn into a republic in two years,” and that “the country should be freed from the Hashemite monarchy because it is ruling against the people’s will.”

In 2007, he was sentenced to two years in jail for allegedly posting on the Internet a letter he wrote to US Senate majority leader Harry Reid, branding the regime of King Abdullah II as “corrupt” and making allegations of human rights abuse.

Jordanians have been protesting since January last year, demanding sweeping reforms and an end to corruption.


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