Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial

Nahed Hattar was facing trial for posting a cartoon on his Facebook account [Al Jazeera]
Nahed Hattar was facing trial for posting a cartoon on his Facebook account [Al Jazeera]
Gunman kills prominent writer Nahed Hattar outside Amman court where he was facing charges over “offensive” cartoon.

A gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported.

Hattar was struck by three bullets before the assailant was arrested on Sunday, Petra said. Witnesses said that a man had opened fire in front of the court in Amman’s Abdali district.

The 56-year-old Christian was arrested on August 13 after posting a caricature on his Facebook account that depicted a beared man in heaven smoking in bed with women, asking God to bring him wine and cashews.

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SOURCE: ALJAZEERA News Online

 

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