Writer in blas­phemy case killed

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A Jor­da­nian writer charged with of­fend­ing Is­lam af­ter al­legedly shar­ing a satir­i­cal car­toon on his Face­book page has been killed. Nahid Hat­tar, a Chris­tian, was hit by three bul­lets out­side the court in the cap­i­tal Am­man where he was stand­ing trial, state news agency Pe­tra said. Mr Hat­tar’s killer was ar­rested and po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing, TV re­ports said. The writer was de­tained in Au­gust for 15 days on charges of in­sult­ing God. The car­toon he shared de­picts a bearded man ly­ing in bed with two women and smok­ing, ask­ing God to bring him a drink. Mr Hat­tar was at­tacked on so­cial me­dia for be­ing anti-Is­lam. He said he had not meant to cause of­fence and wanted to ex­pose rad­i­cal Is­lamists’ view of heaven. But the au­thor­i­ties said he had bro­ken the law by shar­ing the car­toon.

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