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Jordan: Further information on legal concern / possible prisoner of conscience: Leith Shubeilat

, Index number: MDE 16/009/1996

Leith Shubeilat, the head of the Engineers' Union, was freed under a special amnesty on 8 November 1996. He had been arrested on 9 December 1995 and charged with lese majeste against King Hussein bin Talal. Amnesty International welcomes his release as the organization regarded him as a prisoner of conscience.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 16/09/96
13 November 1996
Further information on UA 277/95 (MDE 16/05/95, 29 December 1995) - Legal Concern
/ Possible prisoner of conscience
JORDANLeith Shubeilat, head of the Engineers' Union
Leith Shubeilat, the head of the Engineers' Union, was freed under a special
amnesty on 8 November 1996.
Leith Shubeilat had been arrested on 9 December 1995 and been charged with
lèse majesté against King Hussein bin Talal. He had condemned King Hussein's
words of praise and expressions of friendship for Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime
Minister of Israel, assassinated on 4 November 1995. Leith Shubeilat was brought
to trial before the State Security Court and sentenced to three years'
imprisonment in March 1996. This sentence was upheld by the Court of Cassation
in May.
On 8 November King Hussein bin Talal drove to Swaqa Prison, 80 kilometres south
of Amman and personally informed Leith Shubeilat of his release. He was informed
that 200 other prisoners, including political prisoners, would also be freed
by amnesty. King Hussein then drove Leith Shubeilat back to his mother's house
in Amman.
Amnesty International welcomes the release of Leith Shubeilat. The organization
considered him to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely because of his
opposition to the peace agreement with Israel and his other peaceful political
activities.
On 12 November King Hussein sent a letter to the Prime Minister ordering that
charges be dropped against 253 people facing trial after riots against rises
in the price of bread in August. The King's amnesty was said to extend to
other prisoners not considered a threat to public security or whose term already
served was considered sufficient punishment.
The list of those included in the amnesty is apparently being drawn up by the
Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English or in your own language:
- welcoming the release of prisoner of conscience Leith Shubeilat;
- urging that the announced amnesty include all other prisoners held solely
for the non-violent expression of their conscientiously-held beliefs.
APPEALS TO:
1) His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Royal Palace
Amman
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Faxes: +962-6-634-755
Telegrams: King Hussein, Amman, Jordan
Salutation: Your Majesty
2) His Excellency 'Abd al-Karim Kabariti
2
Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
PO Box 80
Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Faxes: +962 6 642 520
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Amman, Jordan
Salutation: Your Excellency
3) His Excellency 'Abd al-Karim al-Dughmi
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Amman, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Telegrams: Justice Minister, Amman, Jordan
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Jordan accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 10 December 1996.

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