Authorities on Tuesday referred four Amman residents to the State Security Court (SSC) on charges of “promoting terrorist ideology” and “attempting to recruit for a terrorist organisation” in violation of the Anti-Terrorism Law, judicial and security sources said.
Moussa Abdallat, the four men’s defence attorney, said the defendants were arrested in late October for allegedly posting statements on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook in support of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
The four men, whose ages range between 18 and 24, are members of the hard-line Jihadi Salafist movement, Moussa said.
Islamist sources say that despite their posts, the four men had no official ties to IS, which has no official presence in Jordan.
The case raises the total number of citizens referred to the SSC for alleged IS ties over the past two months to 24.
Authorities have arrested over 120 citizens for suspected ties to IS, which controls areas in Syria and Iraq, since the launch of the US-led coalition against the group in mid-September.
As part of the crackdown, authorities arrested former Al Qaeda spiritual leader Abu Mohammad Maqdisi last week for statements and a religious edict calling on jihadist forces to unite against the offensive on IS.
As of Tuesday, the SSC had not reviewed a request to release the 54-year-old Jihadi Salafist leader on bail.
By Taylor Luck
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