Chronology: Jordan

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Chronology: Jordan


See also Saudi Arabia, Turkey

Jan. 17: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Abu Qatada, whose real name was Omar Othman, would not be deported to Jordan. Qatada was one of the most influential Islamic clerics in Europe supposedly advocating for jihadist causes. Due to a 2005 UK-Jordanian deal to protect deported suspects from torture or abuse, the European court stated that Qatada would not receive a fair trial in Jordan because evidence against him may have been gained through torture. In Europe, Qatada was never officially charged with a crime, but had been under house arrest since 2002. In Jordan, Qatada had been convicted in absentia of orchestrating terrorist plots. [Reuters, BBC, 1/17]

Jan. 29: Hamas leader Khalid Mish'al and a delegation of Hamas' political bureau, accompanied by Shaykh Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jaber of Qatar, met with King Abdullah II in Amman. This marked the first visit of Hamas' leader to Jordan since the group was forced to relocate to Damascus in 1999 after being expelled by the Jordanian government. Jordan increasingly advocated for the unity of Palestinian groups. [NYT, DS, 1/29]

Feb. 9: Former Jordanian General Mohammad al-Dahabi was charged with money laundering, embezzlement, and abuse of power. On February 3, former Jordanian MP Ahmad Abbadi was charged with inciting anti-regime sentiment during a protest for military retirees in January. The prosecutions were the latest developments in a campaign supposedly in response to continued demonstrations against corruption. [DS, 2/3, Reuters, 2/9]

Feb. 17: Abu Qatada, a Muslim preacher formerly described as Usama bin Ladin's right-hand man in Europe, was released from a British prison on bail and was placed under a strict 22-hour-a-day curfew at his London home. Debate continued over Qatada's extradition to Jordan due to fears of an improper trial, but the Jordanian Minister for Legislative Affairs Ayman Odeh stated that the Jordanian constitution now prohibited the use of torture. …

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