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Jordan: Brother of slain writer Nahed Hattar recounts assassination02:28

Jordan: Brother of slain writer Nahed Hattar recounts assassination

Jordan, Fuheis
September 25, 2016 at 05:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

An impromptu demonstration took place in Fuheis on Sunday, following the killing of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, who was shot dead outside the Palace of Justice in Amman. The late writer's brother Majed Hatter gave an interview at the event.

Majed Hatter witnessed the killing and stated that a man came and "just put the gun in front of his [Nahid Hatter's] back and he was shooting him. There was around seven shots but Nahid was killed by three shoots."

The brother went on to state that Hatter had been killed because of his political views: "Nahid is a big mouth everywhere. He was speaking about [the] situation in Jordan and [the] situation in our neighbours there in Syrian. Nahid was standing wtih Syria, Syria the country. He was standing with Syria, with their right. That's why they killed him."

Nahid Hatter was standing trial for sharing a caricature deemed insulting to Islam at the time of the killing. He was taken into custody earlier in August, following public outrage over the controversy of the caricature, and charged with contempt of religion and igniting sectarian strife.

Hattar later apologised on social media, noting that he had not intended to offend Islam, explaining that the caricature was meant to deride what he referred to as radical fundamentalist Sunnis and their vision of religion.

According to security officials, the writer was killed by an assailant who reportedly fired three shots. The assailant is said to have been arrested following the incident.

Jordan: Brother of slain writer Nahed Hattar recounts assassination02:28
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An impromptu demonstration took place in Fuheis on Sunday, following the killing of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, who was shot dead outside the Palace of Justice in Amman. The late writer's brother Majed Hatter gave an interview at the event.

Majed Hatter witnessed the killing and stated that a man came and "just put the gun in front of his [Nahid Hatter's] back and he was shooting him. There was around seven shots but Nahid was killed by three shoots."

The brother went on to state that Hatter had been killed because of his political views: "Nahid is a big mouth everywhere. He was speaking about [the] situation in Jordan and [the] situation in our neighbours there in Syrian. Nahid was standing wtih Syria, Syria the country. He was standing with Syria, with their right. That's why they killed him."

Nahid Hatter was standing trial for sharing a caricature deemed insulting to Islam at the time of the killing. He was taken into custody earlier in August, following public outrage over the controversy of the caricature, and charged with contempt of religion and igniting sectarian strife.

Hattar later apologised on social media, noting that he had not intended to offend Islam, explaining that the caricature was meant to deride what he referred to as radical fundamentalist Sunnis and their vision of religion.

According to security officials, the writer was killed by an assailant who reportedly fired three shots. The assailant is said to have been arrested following the incident.

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