Jordan jails Frenchman for slandering king -- twice

11th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Frenchman sentenced to three months in jail after having slandered King Abdullah II twice - the second time as he was being bailed on the first charge.

   AMMAN, March 12, 2008 - A Frenchman was sentenced to three months in
jail on Tuesday after having slandered King Abdullah II twice -- the second
time as he was being bailed on the first charge.
   Palestinian-born Muntaser Shehab, 47, was arrested on January 29 after a
dispute over bills at a five-star Amman hotel where he was staying.
   "He left the hotel and told a taxi to take him to a money changer and, when he
arrived there, he started to insult the king and country in the street," court
documents said.
   After two weeks in jail, Shehab was orderedto be released on bail pending trial.
   "But before his release on February 12, Shehab again slandered the king at
a police station, prompting the authorities to return him to court."
   Shehab pleaded guilty and was initially sentenced to a year in jail by the
state security court, which later reduced the penalty "because he is a
foreigner."
   Punishment for defaming the king can be up to three years in prison.
   The French embassy has been closely monitoring the case, a diplomat told
AFP.

AFP

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