Writer gunned down out­side court­house

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

AMMAN, JOR­DAN >> A prom­i­nent Jor­da­nian writer on Sun­day was shot dead in front of the court­house where he had been on trial for shar­ing a car­toon deemed of­fen­sive to Is­lam.

There were no im­me­di­ate de­tails on the iden­tity or mo­tive of the gun­man. But a wit­ness de­scribed the shooter, who was im­me­di­ately ar­rested, as wear­ing a long gray robe and long beard char­ac­ter­is­tic of con­ser­va­tive Mus­lims. The shoot­ing was the lat­est in a string of deadly se­cu­rity lapses in Jor­dan.

Po­lice and rel­a­tives said Na­hed Hat­tar was pre­par­ing to en­ter the court­house for a hear­ing when the lone gun­man shot him at close range.

“He was stand­ing at a short dis­tance of about one me­ter in front of Na­hed on the stairs of the Supreme Court,” the wit­ness told The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity, fear­ing reper­cus­sions.

The wit­ness said seven shots were fired, and that Hat­tar was shot in the head. The of­fi­cial Pe­tra News Agency said Hat­tar was shot three times.

Hat­tar, 56, was de­tained in Au­gust af­ter shar­ing a car­toon on Face­book. The car­i­ca­ture de­picted a bearded man in heaven, smok­ing and in bed with two women, ask­ing God to bring him wine and cashews.

Rel­a­tives said the car­toon was meant to il­lus­trate what Hat­tar, a sec­u­lar Chris­tian, viewed as the twisted reli­gious views of Is­lamic State ex­trem­ists.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.