The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, backed primarily by local Palestinians, has stepped up its campaign to take over the Hashemite Kingdom and the Kingdom is responding in the usual ways by arresting top Brotherhood members and putting them on trial.
Jordanian authorities referred on Sunday a leading Muslim Brotherhood official to a military court for his alleged role in nationwide demonstrations against fuel price hikes amid a security campaign that has resulted in the arrest of dozens of Islamists, DPA reported.
According to a judicial source, Emad Abu Hattab, a senior leader of the Brotherhood’s political branch, the Islamic Action Front, was referred to the country’s military State Security Court on charges of “undermining the regime.”
Abu Hattab’s referral is linked to allegations of his involvement in a series of nationwide protests against rising fuel prices that have gripped Jordan over the past two weeks and saw some participants call for “regime change” – a criminal offence which, under Jordanian law, carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Naturally the peaceful and moderate Muslim Brotherhood is threatening the Kingdom with violence if it doesn’t get its way.
The Brotherhood denounced the “provocative” arrests, warning of a “serious fallout” and rising anger in the streets should authorities fail to release the detainees.
“This provocative move is a clear violation of citizens’ basic rights to freedom of expression,” said Ali Abu Sukar, president of the Islamic Action Front’s governing Shura Council. “If the regime is serious in wanting the protest movement to remain peaceful, it will release Abu Hattab and all other political prisoners immediately.”
Nice kingdom you have here, we wouldn’t want to have to start blowing it up.
Jordan joins the UAE which is running its own crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood for wanting to take over. This puts them at odds with Qatar, which has emerged as the Gulf’s biggest backer of the Brotherhood and the most extremist state in the region, now topping even Saudi Arabia.