Jordan puts Brotherhood politician on trial over UAE comments

December 22, 2014 22:53

AMMAN - Prominent Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood figure Zaki Bani Rushaid went on trial on Monday on charges of "souring ties with a foreign country" after he criticized the United Arab Emirates for designating his organization as a terrorist group.

Asked whether he was guilty, a defiant Bani Rushaid told a military judge presiding at a state security court he had not "committed any crime that warranted being held accountable for".

The mainstream Islamist politician, who is deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested a month ago after writing on social media that the rulers of the United Arab Emirates lacked popular legitimacy and served Israel's interests by playing a leading role in a crackdown on political Islam.

Bani Rushaid's remarks followed the UAE's move to designate as terrorist around 80 Islamist groups and charities that the Gulf state views as a security threat.

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