Verdict in ‘sedition case’ slated for Monday

(Photo: Jordan News)
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The State Security Court will issue its verdict is the “sedition case” on Monday July 12, the special tribunal announced Tuesday.

Former senior official Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan have entered a “not guilty” plea. They stand accused of being complicit in incitement against the state, in violation of Article 149/1 of the law, as well as the crime of being complicit in carrying out acts that would endanger society and security and sow sedition, in violation of articles two and seven of the 2006 Anti-Terrorism Law and its amendments.اضافة اعلان

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported that in Tuesday’s session, the defense team presented their clients' written pleadings, which included the trial records, in accordance with the set legal procedures.

The court decided to file the case for scrutiny and issue a final verdict next week.

The indictment list also included the possession of narcotics for the purpose of personal use, as well as the use of narcotics.

The State Security Court has previously said that it was keen on a speedy trial, “to reveal the truth and settle the controversy surrounding the circumstances and details of the case.”

Sharif Hassan’s lawyer Alaa al-Khasawneh told Agence France Presse on Tuesday that the defense team had asked the court to "find both our clients innocent of the charges against them".

The court last week rejected a defense request to summon three princes, along with Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi as witnesses, calling it "unproductive".

The two defendants face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges, AFP said.

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