Arrest of man responsible for anti-Shia extremism in Mafraq met with controversy

Published April 23rd, 2017 - 07:15 GMT
Ahmad Oqailan Almoush is one of two men responsible for the burning posters of Shia clerics and encouraging people to ‘step on them, they’re Shi’ites, God curse them’. (twitter)
Ahmad Oqailan Almoush is one of two men responsible for the burning posters of Shia clerics and encouraging people to ‘step on them, they’re Shi’ites, God curse them’. (twitter)

Since Albawaba’s coverage yesterday of anti-Shia demonstrations outside Al Mafraq Grand Mosque in Jordan, new information has emerged that one of the organisers of the incident has been arrested. Ahmad Oqailan Almoush is one of two men responsible for the burning posters of Shia clerics and encouraging people to ‘step on them, they’re Shi’ites, God curse them’, as they made their way into the Mosque to pray.

This information comes from video footage published on the Union of the Youth of the Bani Hassan Tribe facebook page, and expresses support for Ahmad Oqailan Almoush, criticising those responsible for his arrest.

The video was created and uploaded by lawyer Jihad Al husban. Although initially proposing to tackle the arrest from a legal standpoint, he spends most of the three and a half minute video criticising Shia Islam and emulates similar views of sectarian hatred to that of Ahmad Almoush. He further goes on to suggest that his arrest should be investigated as an issue of freedom of expression, claiming that all Jordanians are entitled to their rights of free speech under the constitution.

Although Al husban is correct in identifying Jordanian citizens right to freedom of expression under Article 15 of the constitution, he fails to mention that this is subject to limitations of overstepping ‘the bounds of law’. There are currently seven major limits of the freedom of speech in the law, including insulting religious sensibilities and religious figures, rendering Ahmad Almoush’s arrest well within the legal boundaries of the constitution. 

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