Jor­dan hangs 15 con­victed of ter­ror­ism, heinous crimes

New Straits Times - - World -

Jor­dan hanged 15 death row pris­on­ers at dawn yes­ter­day, its in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter said, in a fur­ther break with the mora­to­rium on ex­e­cu­tions it had ob­served be­tween 2006 and 2014.

Ten of those put to death had been con­victed of ter­ror­ism of­fences and five of “heinous” crimes, in­clud­ing rape, Mah­mud al-Mo­mani told the of­fi­cial Petra news agency. All were Jor­da­ni­ans.

Among the ter­ror­ism of­fences were the Septem­ber 2016 mur­der of Christian writer Na­hed Hat­tar as he stood trial for pub­lish­ing a car­toon deemed of­fen­sive to Is­lam.

King Ab­dul­lah II had said in 2005 that Jor­dan aimed to be­come the first Mid­dle East­ern coun­try to halt ex­e­cu­tions in line with most Euro­pean na­tions.

Courts con­tin­ued to hand down death sen­tences, but they were not car­ried out.

How­ever, pub­lic opin­ion blamed a rise in crime on the pol­icy.

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