Jordan sentences former lawmaker to prison for harming state's reputation

October 9, 2007 11:06

Jordan's military court convicted a former lawmaker Tuesday of harming the government's reputation and sentenced him to two years in prison. Ahmad Oweidi al-Abbadi, the head of a small right-wing party called the Jordanian National Movement, was arrested May 3 for allegedly sending an e-mail to US Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, in which he decried an allegedly steep increase in corruption among top Jordanian officials. The Jordanian National Movement has said al-Abbadi accused the government of clamping down on public freedoms, including the media, and blamed the declining levels of health care and education on government corruption. The military prosecutor also convicted al-Abbadi of heading an illegal organization, slandering officials, illegally distributing leaflets and violating laws on e-mail practices. The verdict can be appealed.

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