Update: Jordanian writer’s killer shot Hattar because of Facebook post

Published September 25th, 2016 - 10:39 GMT
A man cleans the blood of prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar after he was shot dead outside a court in Amman on Sept. 25, 2016, where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam. (AFP/Ahmad Alalameen)
A man cleans the blood of prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar after he was shot dead outside a court in Amman on Sept. 25, 2016, where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam. (AFP/Ahmad Alalameen)

Jordanian police are investigating Riad Ismail Ahmed Abdullah, the suspected assassin behind the killing of prominent writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday, Khaberni reported.

A security source said Abdullah shot Hattar because of Hattar's Facebook sharing a cartoon mocking Daesh, seen by many as an insult to religion. The cartoon caused outrage in Jordan, and Hattar was arrested last month on charges of "inciting religious strife" and "insulting religion."

Hattar was due for a session in court when he was gunned down in front of the Palace of Justice in the Abdali area of Amman.

The source added that Abdullah is a 50-year-old Jordanian citizen who is an imam and lives in the Hashmi Shamali neighborhood of Amman. Police are still investigating Abdullah to understand the motives for carrying out the crime.


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