Jordanian writer shot dead as he arrived for trial for insulting Islam

A prominent and controversial
Jordanian writer, who was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, has been shot dead outside the court in Amman where he was due to appear.

Nahed Hattar, 56, posted a cartoon on Facebook earlier this year that he said mocked jihadi attitudes, for which he was facing charges in Jordan of inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam.

Having been arrested in August, the Christian writer was released on bail in early September. On Sunday, he was shot in the head three times as he arrived for a hearing.
According to the Jordanian state news agency, Petra, a man was arrested at the scene of the shooting in the Abdali district.



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