Good governance and rule of law

The former MP and leading opposition figure in Jordan, Osama al-Ajarmah, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison by the State Security Court, which considered the defendant a “terrorist risk.”

After the verdict, violent protests broke out in the town of Naur, south-east of Amman, where the convicted ex-deputy is originally from. The protestors, who denounce a “political and undemocratic judgment,” blocked the streets of the city, burned cars, and threw stones at the portraits of King Abdullah II.

Osama al-Ajarmah was excluded from the Jordanian Parliament last June. This exclusion led to major protests in the city of Naur, where four security guards were injured.