Jordan sentences senior Brotherhood leader to 18 months in jail

Jordan sentences senior Brotherhood leader to 18 months in jail
Protesters from the Islamic Action Front carry pictures of the deputy leader of Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood Zaki Bani Rusheid during a demonstration to show their anger at the political arrest.

AMMAN - A Jordanian security court sentenced a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader to a year and six months in prison on Sunday for criticising the United Arab Emirates on social media, a judicial source said.

The court found politician Zaki Bani Rushaid guilty of souring ties with a foreign country. Rushaid, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan, had criticised the UAE for designating the pan-Islamic movement as a terrorist group.

Rushaid was arrested in November after writing that the UAE's rulers lacked popular legitimacy and served Israeli interests by playing a leading role in a crackdown on political Islam.

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