Jordan charges 12 activists with defaming king

AP , Sunday 1 Apr 2012

12 activists in Jordan were charged for defaming king, incitement against the political system, illegal assembly and rioting

Jordan's police say the state security prosecutor has charged 12 activists arrested at a demonstration Saturday with defaming the country's ruler, King Abdullah II.

Police spokesman Col. Mohammed al-Khatib said they were also charged with incitement against the political system, illegal assembly and rioting.

They were arrested during a protest near the prime minister's office. They were demanding the release of two dozen other activists charged with inciting riots in Jordan's south last month.

Al-Khatib said police released 15 others also detained Saturday.

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