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King visits Fuheis to condole Hattar's family

By JT - Sep 29,2016 - Last updated at Sep 29,2016

His Majesty King Abdullah speaks to relatives of late writer Nahed Hattar in Fuheis on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah visited the family of the late writer Nahed Hattar in Fuheis on Thursday to pay condolences, affirming that Jordanians denounce the cowardly criminal act that targeted him.

His Majesty strongly condemned this heinous crime, describing it as “uncharacteristic of Jordanians and alien to our culture”, a Royal Court statement said.

During the visit, the King stressed that since the establishment of the Kingdom, Jordanians — Muslims and Christians — have unwaveringly embraced the spirit of a united family, standing together in solidarity against extremism, violence and bigotry.

His Majesty was accompanied by Prime Minister Hani Mulki and Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh.

Hattar was laid to rest in his hometown of Fuheis, 20km northwest of Amman, on Wednesday.

The journalist, facing trial for sharing a caricature that was considered insulting to religious beliefs, was on his way to attend a court hearing when he was shot dead on Sunday. 

The committee investigating the killing concluded that the suspected shooter was acting alone, according to the Public Security Department (PSD).

The PSD said earlier this week that the committee referred all its findings to the prosecutor.

The suspect, identified as Riad Abdullah, a 49-year-old resident of east Amman, told investigators he was acting alone in response to the cartoon shared by Hattar on social media that he believed was “offensive” to religious beliefs.

An examination of the suspected shooter’s computer and other devices confirmed he had no accomplices, the PSD added.

The suspect was ordered detained for 14 days pending further investigation, the statement said, adding that the Criminal Court prosecutor charged the man with premeditated murder and decided to refer him to the State Security Court (SSC) on terrorism charges.

The SSC has issued a gag order banning all forms of publication regarding the case.

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ACTIONS SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS AND THIS PICTURE SAYS A LOT ABOUT HIS MAJESTY. IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT HIS MAJESTY DO NOT AND WILL NOT TOLORATE ANY THING LIKE THIS. THAT HE HIMSELF HAS GONE TO THE GREEVING FAMILIES, SAT DOWN AND DO WHAT I HAVE NORMALLY SEEN IN JORDAN SPEAKS ABOUT ACTIONS AND NOT JUST WORDS. FOR ALL JORDANIANS AND NON JORDANIANS LIKE ME WHO HAVE INVESTED AND HAVE THE BEST INTEREST OF JORDAN AT HEART, I SAY TO YOU ALL TO JOIN HANDS WITH HIS MAJESTY TO KEEP JORDAN TOGETHER AND STABLE AS WE HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN AND SEEN. SURELY IN EVERY SOCIETY, THERE WILL BE TRATORS, DEVIANTS AND MORONS AND THEY SHOULD BE DEALTH WITH ACORDING TO THE LAW. THE VICTIM IS GONE AND WE CAN NOT GET HIM BACK SO CREATING MORE ANARCHY AND CHAOS IS OF NO HELP ALTHOUGH I MAY ALSO ADD THAT PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE WHICH IS A MORE REASON WHY THE ANY MORDERN SOCIETY WILL EMBRACE THE EDUCATION REFORM THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS SUGGESTED. DEAR IN LAWS, LET US GET OVER THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD.

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