Jordan: Ex-MP charged with inciting against king

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Posted: Feb 03, 2012 9:16 AM
Jordan: Ex-MP charged with inciting against king

A judicial official says Jordan's military prosecutor has charged a maverick ex-parliamentarian with public incitement against the country's king.

The official says Ahmed Oweidi Abbadi faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Abbadi, 66, was arrested late Thursday. The pan-Arab media has said he was hiding from the police. He had repeatedly made statements and given interviews calling for toppling Jordan's royal Hashemite dynasty.

Abbadi, who hails from a prominent Bedouin tribe, has said that he wants the ruler to have absolute powers such as are currently held by King Abdullah II. However, he would have the king be elected, and serve for a four-year term.

The official spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to make press statements.

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ A judicial official says Jordan's military prosecutor has charged a maverick ex-parliamentarian with public incitement against the country's king.

The official says Ahmed Oweidi Abbadi faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Abbadi, 66, was arrested late Thursday. The pan-Arab media has said he was hiding from the police after repeatedly making statements and publishing articles calling for toppling Jordan's royal Hashemite dynasty.

Abbadi, who hails from a prominent Bedouin tribe, has said that he wants the ruler to have absolute powers such as are currently held by King Abdullah II. However, he would have the king be elected, and serve for a four-year term.

The official spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to make press statements.