Jordan’s Prime Minister and King pay respects at Nahed Hattar’s funeral

Published September 29th, 2016 - 12:30 GMT
The courthouse where Nahed Hattar was shot earlier this week (AFP/File)
The courthouse where Nahed Hattar was shot earlier this week (AFP/File)

Jordan’s King Abdullah attended the funeral of slain writer Nahed Hattar yesterday, according to reports.

Hattar, a controversial columnist, was assassinated on the steps of Amman’s courthouse earlier this week, after sharing an anti-Daesh (ISIS) cartoon on Facebook depicting God. He had been arrested for the cartoon, and was awaiting trial when he was murdered.

King Abdullah had not yet commented on the murder. But in Fuheis, he spoke of his harsh condemnation of the ugly and strange crime "against our Jordanian people and our culture." As well as paying respects to the family of the deceased writer, he said all Jordanians rejected this act of killing.

The King was accompanied by Prime Minister Hani Mulki, Kharberni reported. Several of Hattar’s supporters have condemned Mulki and called for the resignation of his government in the wake of the murder.

The King reportedly stressed the importance of unity and security in the Jordanian nation, saying the principle was applicable to Christians and Muslims who are far from extremism, violence, and bigotry.

Investigations into the death of Hattar are ongoing.

Al Bawaba Staff

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