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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