Jordan charges Yemeni man in bomb hoax

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Posted: Apr 06, 2011 7:50 AM
Jordan charges Yemeni man in bomb hoax

A Jordanian prosecutor says a Yemeni man has been charged with disturbing public safety by threatening to blow himself up at an Islamist party office with what turned out to be a fake explosive belt.

If convicted, 61-year-old Abdul Wahab Abdul Ghani faces three years in prison.

Abdul Ghani on Monday walked into the headquarters of Jordan's largest opposition group, the Islamic Action Front, displaying the belt and saying he would set it off. He was quickly arrested and authorities later said the attack was a hoax.

The prosecutor said Wednesday that Abdul Ghani claimed the Front's regular anti-government protests in downtown Amman had brought his vending business there to a standstill.

The prosecutor spoke on anonymity because he is not allowed to comment on a pending case to the media.