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Muslim Brotherhood leaders denied bail

By Taylor Luck - Sep 18,2014 - Last updated at Sep 18,2014

AMMAN — The State Security Court (SSC) on Thursday refused to grant bail to two detained leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood movement facing charges of undermining the state.

Mohammad Saeed Baker and Adel Awad, who were arrested on Monday, are to remain in the Marka and Juweideh correctional facilities respectively until their next bail hearing on Monday under the decision, according to their defence attorney Abdel Qader Al Khatib. 

The two veteran Brotherhood members are facing charges of “undermining the state” for statements critical of authorities during a pro-Gaza rally in late August. 

If convicted, the two men face up to 15 years in prison. 

Also on Thursday, two Brotherhood supporters were referred to the SSC for making statements deemed threatening to the state during a rally calling for the jailed Islamists’ release on Tuesday.

Security officials refused to detail the charges the two men face.

However, Khatib said the two men face charges of “undermining the state” for comments deemed critical of the regime during the Amman rally.

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