Jordan Arrests 3 for Supporting Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
Three Jordanian men have been arrested for carrying posters supporting Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, a judicial official told AFP on Tuesday.
“The three men were arrested last week. They were carrying posters with the slogan of Rabaa,” he said.
The yellow posters show a black hand with four fingers raised, symbolizing Cairo's pro-Morsi Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp, which was broken up on August 14, sparking clashes that killed hundreds of protesters.
“The state security court charged the suspects on Monday with acts the government does not approve that would harm Jordan's relations with a brotherly Arab country,” the official told AFP.
“One of the suspects was accused of insulting heads of states. The authorities found text messages on his mobile phone's Internet messenger application WhatsApp that insult the Jordanian regime and other regimes.”
The three face up to three years in jail if convicted, the official said, adding that the court refused to release them on bail.
Jordan was among the first countries to welcome the July 3 ousting of Morsi, which was strongly condemned by the kingdom's Muslim Brotherhood.
King Abdullah II, who himself faces challenges at home from Islamists, was the first head of state to visit Egypt, 17 days after the coup.
Jordan has weathered Arab Spring street protests calling for a wider public say in politics, partially by curtailing the absolute powers of the king. The protests have been small and mild compared to mass uprisings elsewhere in the region.
King Abdullah has been attempting to engage to engage with the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, and has urged the Islamist opposition to take part in elections, despite their dissatisfaction with reforms.