Critic of Jordan's king faces possible prosecution
Prominent Jordanian political analyst and government critic Labib Kamhawi poses for a portrait in his office in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. (AP / Mohammad Hannon)
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2012 8:51AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:41AM EDT
AMMAN, Jordan -- A prominent Jordanian political analyst and government critic says he may face prosecution and even jail for inciting revolt and defaming Jordan's King Abdullah II.
The affair started when Labib Kamhawi made comments on a TV talk show a few weeks ago that allegedly questioned the king's reform ambitions.
"We are back to square one," Kamhawi said Wednesday, referring to some increases in freedom of expression gained since last year's uprisings in the region.
The Amman general prosecutor said Kamhawi is being questioned on suspicion of publically harming the king's dignity and inciting people against the government.
The prosecutor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said Kamhawi allegedly accused the king of paying mere lip service to reform plans.