Jordan hangs 15 convicted of terrorism, heinous crimes
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.