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15 years in prison for those accused in the sedition case in Jordan

Today, Monday, the Jordanian State Security Court decided to criminalize the accused in the sedition case, Bassem Awadallah, with the first and second charges, with a 15-year prison sentence with labor, and the accused Sharif Hassan bin Zaid with the first and second charges for 15 years as well, and convict him of drug use and imprisonment for a period of 15 years. One year and a fine of one thousand dinars, with fees, according to the Jordan News Agency.

And the Jordanian Petra news agency reported that the State Security Court held, this morning, Monday, a verdict hearing in the sedition case, in which the two defendants, Basem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, are being tried.

The court charged the main defendants with the charge of carrying anti- and inciting ideas against the political regime in Jordan, and inciting against the person of King Abdullah II.

In his recitation of the verdict, the judge said that Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid were proven to be involved in orchestrating a criminal project to cause sedition.

He added that the defendants sought to destabilize the Kingdom, stressing that the elements of criminalization in the case of sedition were complete and verified against the two men, and indicated that the verdict against the defendants could be appealed before the Court of Cassation.

The accused, Bassem Awadallah, was convicted of the first and second charges against him, and the second accused, Sharif Hassan, was sentenced to 15 years of temporary imprisonment.

It is noteworthy that the ruling issued by the State Security Court can be distinguished from the convicts, as a second stage of litigation within 30 days from the issuance of the decision.


In the last session, the defense attorneys presented their clients’ written pleading, which included, in accordance with legal procedures, the trial records, and the court decided to file the case for scrutiny, and to issue the judgment decision to July 12th.


In its first session, the court heard 5 witnesses of the Public Prosecution, two of whom were in attendance, and the other three had their testimonies read, and the court also read the indictment against the two defendants, and then heard the witnesses of the Public Prosecution


The two defendants said that they were not guilty of the two charges against them, while Sharif Hassan confessed to the charge of using narcotic substances (hashish), and the court took it.


The indictment issued by the court’s attorney general against the two defendants included the two felony charges of inciting to oppose the political regime in the Kingdom jointly, contrary to the provisions of Article 1/149 of Penal Code No. 16 of 1960 and its amendments, and in the light of Article 76 of the same law.


The accused were charged with a felony of carrying out acts that endanger the safety and security of society, and causing sedition jointly, contrary to the provisions of Articles 2 and 7 on (i) of the Prevention of Terrorism Law No. 55 of 2006 and its amendments, and in the light of Article 7 of the same law, and possession of a narcotic substance with the intent to abuse and abuse it. Narcotics in violation of the provisions of Article 9 / A of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Law No. 23 of 2016, which is assigned to the second defendant