Human rights groups are condemning Jordan tonight following the announcement that Zaki Bani Rushaid, the deputy leader of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood movement in the country, for criminal speech against an allied nation.
Rushaid made a post on his personal Facebook page accusing the United Arab Emirates of being the “American cop in the region,” and supporting military coups in places like Egypt.
He was detained and pushed through a military court, which naturally found him guilty. He is sentenced to 18 months in prison for making the post.
Rushaid’s post was related to the UAE banning their own Muslim Brotherhood wing as a “terrorist organization.” The Muslim Brotherhood is a significant Islamist opposition party in several nations in the region, and was the ruling party in Egypt before the summer 2013 coup d’etat.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Chemical Inspectors Arrive in Syria's Douma, Collect Samples - April 21st, 2018
- Saudi Airstrike Kills 20 Civilians in Southwest Yemen - April 20th, 2018
- North Korea Tones Down Anti-US Rhetoric as New South Korea Hotline Opens - April 20th, 2018
- Russia Says US Didn't Violate Red Lines During Syria Strike - April 20th, 2018
- UN Security Team Still Won't Let Inspectors Visit Douma - April 20th, 2018