On Monday, the Jordanian State Security Court issued its ruling against the former head of the royal court, Basem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, in the so-called “sedition” case targeting Jordan’s security.
A video clip showed the moment the head of the State Security Court pronounced the verdict in the sedition case in which the former head of the royal court, Basem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, was accused.
According to a video clip monitored by Watan, the head of the court read out the penalties imposed on the defendants, which amounted to fifteen years imprisonment with hard labor.
Jordan: The moment the verdict was pronounced on the two defendants in the “sedition” case, Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid pic.twitter.com/PQJjN4nJPL
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The issue of sedition
The head of the Sedition Court said, “The defendants, the former head of the royal court, Basem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan, hold ideas against the state and King Abdullah II, and they sought to cause chaos.”
He affirmed, “It was proven that the accused, Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hussein, orchestrated a criminal project to cause sedition,” stressing that “the incitement of the accused against King Abdullah II was proven.”
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The court sentenced Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan to 15 years in prison, in the “sedition” case.
In the name of Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid
This morning, the State Security Court began holding a verdict hearing in the case known as the “Sedition Case”, in which the two defendants, Bassem Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, are being tried. The president of the court, Lt. Col. Military Judge, Muwafaq Al-Masaeed, read out the facts of the call and the details The full indictment.
He said, “The two accused in the case of sedition are related to a friendship relationship, and they hold ideas hostile to the state and King Abdullah II, and together they sought to cause chaos and strife within Jordanian society.”
In a related context, Muhammad Al-Afif, the defense lawyer for the former head of the royal court in Jordan, Basem Awadallah, announced that the decision of the State Security Court against his client will be appealed on Monday, in what is known in the media as the case of sedition.
According to the indictment issued by the Public Prosecutor of the Jordanian State Security Court, on the 13th of last June, Awadallah and Sharif Hassan bin Zaid faced two charges of opposing the existing political rule in the kingdom, and “carrying out actions that endanger the safety and security of society and causing harm to society.” Sedition, while Sharif Hassan also faced charges of possession and use of narcotics.
Commenting on the court’s decision, the official Jordanian channel, Al-Mamlaka, quoted Muhammad Al-Afif, as saying that the decision of the State Security Court would be appealed, to refer the prison decision to the Court of Cassation.
Al-Afif added that the ruling issued by the State Security Court can be distinguished from the convicts as a second stage of litigation within 30 days from the issuance of the decision.
Read also: This is how Sharif Hassan bin Zaid looked at the moment he entered the court to pronounce the verdict on him in the sedition case (video)
It is noteworthy that the State Security Court in Jordan had earlier refused to summon Prince Hamzah, the prime minister and his foreign minister, to testify in the case, justifying this as a lack of productivity, according to previous press statements by the defense lawyer for Sharif Hassan bin Zaid.
The merits of the case date back to last April, when the Jordanian authorities announced that after a close security follow-up, the Jordanian citizens, Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, Bassem Awadallah, and others were arrested, and a plot aimed at destabilizing the security and stability of the country was thwarted.
At that time, the Jordanian security forces also raided and arrested Prime Time Zone connected to Prince Hamzah, including the director of his palace and his friends, against the background of the same case, before they were released with a royal pardon on the grounds that they had been misled and drawn into sedition.
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