Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why are these cases in a military court?

National Security Court
Al Jazeera reports that a number of civilians and military retirees have been arrested with a view to trial before a military for, among other things, insulting the king on social media. Excerpt:
A Jordanian military court has charged eight activists with "insulting the King" and "incitement to spread chaos to undermine the political regime of Jordan using social media", lawyers said. 
The General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the "Mukhabarat" in Arabic, last week arrested civilian opposition activists, including retired army and intelligence generals, a former MP, a former high-ranking government official and several teachers.
Human rights norms strongly disfavor the trial of civilians and military retirees in military courts. 

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