A Jordanian writer was shot dead as he entered the country’s highest court to stand trial for allegedly offending Islam.
suspect was arrested in the killing of Nahed Hattar outside the Palace
of Justice in Amman, state-run Petra news agency reported.
was taken into custody in August after republishing a cartoon on his
Facebook page that showed a bearded man in heaven in bed with two women,
smoking and asking God to fetch him wine and nuts. Hattar, a Christian,
later apologized and said the cartoon mocked the kind of God the
militant Islamic State group believes in.
God, or the Prophet Muhammad, in Muslim societies is taboo. The 2005
publication in Denmark of a cartoon drawing of the Prophet with a bomb
in his turban inflamed sometimes violent outrage across the Islamic
was entering the court to be tried on charges of inciting to racism and
sectarianism and offending religious sensibilities.
The open-mindedness is stunning. I am in awe. The punishment for the killer will probably be suspended sentence. He was doing justice.