Jordan jails Islamist preacher for 'inciting hatred'

AFP , Monday 7 Dec 2015

A Jordanian court on Monday sentenced an Islamist preacher to two years in jail for "inciting hatred against the regime" online, a judicial source said.

Iyad Qunaibi, a Jordanian born in Kuwait in 1975, was arrested in mid-June for posting on his Facebook page an audio message entitled "Jordan on the brink of the abyss" critical of government policies.

In it he criticised Jordanian relations with Israel -- the two neighbours are bound by a peace treaty -- and slammed the "Westernisation" of Jordanian society.

Qunaibi's lawyer said the sentence -- delivered by the state security court, a military tribunal -- was harsh and "unexpected" and that he would appeal.

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