Jordan: military trial for "insulting a friendly state"
Zaki Bani Arshid
A leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan is protesting against being tried in a military court on charges of insulting a friendly state. Military and civilian codes in a variety of countries criminalize conduct such as speaking contemptuously of the head of state of other officials (think art. 88, UCMJ in the U.S.; lèse majesté in Thailand; insulting the army or the flag in other countries), but this is the first Global Military Justice Reform has heard of a crime of insulting some other country. Ammon News reports that "Bani Arshid was detained last month after he publicly described the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a 'top sponsor of terrorism.'"