Woman accused of supporting Daesh on Facebook stands trial in Jordan

Published April 20th, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
Jordanian security forces on patrol in the southern city of Karak. (AFP/File)
Jordanian security forces on patrol in the southern city of Karak. (AFP/File)

The State Security Court (SSC) on Wednesday held a public hearing to look into the case of the first female suspected of supporting Daesh through Facebook. 

The General Intelligence Department arrested the suspect in February, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

During the hearing, the court listened to the testimony of a witness, who is a security agent, before adjourning the session to listen to the testimonies of the other witnesses.

According to the charge list, the suspect promoted Daesh through publishing photos, videos and news of the extremist organisation on her Facebook page, which she created in 2016, Petra added.

The suspect entered a not-guilty plea, denying the charge of "promoting the ideologies of Daesh".

Earlier in the year, the SSC started issuing maximum sentences of up to 10-year imprisonment against those found guilty of supporting or promoting the ideologies of Daesh and Jabhat Al Nusra.  

The SSC’s new approach also applies to those who fought with these groups. 

Before that, charges over the past three years used to reach a maximum of five years in jail.

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