‘Sedition’ trial’s first hearing slated for Monday

Bassem Awadallah
Bassem Awadallah (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Abdul-Rahman Hassan Al Hashem are set to stand trial tomorrow at the State Security Court in the case dubbed “sedition”, according to Mohammad Afifi, Awadallah’s lawyer.اضافة اعلان

In remarks to Jordan News, Afifi pointed to the proceedings of the case.

"Regardless of the public and media attention, the court will only consider what is admitted in the case file. The proceedings and procedures are clearly described and stipulated in the Code of Criminal Procedure, whether the trial will be held behind closed doors or be admissible to the public. That is a matter for the court to decide; however, customarily it should be public to aid justice."

During the past days, Jordanians circulated what was presumed to be leaked communications between Prince Hamza and the Sharif. Afifi, downplayed the impact of said leaks.

"The court will only consider what is admitted in the case file and will not consider anything else," the lawyer said.

Afifi expected the court proceedings to be relatively short.

"I do not think it will exceed four or five months. The prosecution has five witnesses and the defense witnesses are in Jordan so it should not be hard to bring them to the witness stand."

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