Jordan charges top Brotherhood figure over anti-UAE comments

By REUTERS
December 8, 2014 16:39

AMMAN - Jordan on Monday charged a top member of the Muslim Brotherhood with "souring ties with a foreign country" by criticising the UAE after it designated his group as a terrorist organisation.

Zaki Bani Rushaid, deputy leader of the Jordanian branch of the Brotherhood, was arrested last month after saying on social media the UAE's rulers lacked popular legitimacy and served Israel's interests by playing a leading role in a crackdown on political Islam.

The arrest of Bani Rushaid, initially held for 15 days pending investigation over charges which carry a minimum prison term of three years, is the first such detention of a senior opposition politician in Jordan in recent years.

Some politicians said privately the arrest was made under pressure from the Gulf state.

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



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