Post

AMMAN, Jordan - A prominent and outspoken Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for posting a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam on social media.

A Jordanian security official said the shooter was a former imam, or prayer leader, at a local mosque, and said the man had been motivated by his anger over the cartoon posted to Facebook by writer Nahed Hattar. The shooting was the latest in a string of deadly security lapses in Jordan.

Witnesses and police said Hattar, 56, was preparing to enter the courthouse for a hearing when the gunman shot him at close range.

“He was standing at a short distance of about one meter (yard) in front of Nahed on the stairs of the Supreme Court,” a witness told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, fearing repercussions. The official Petra News Agency said Hattar was shot three times.

The witness said the shooter, who was immediately arrested, was wearing a long grey robe and long beard characteristic of conservative Muslims.

>King Abdullah II explains why Jordan took millions of Syrian refugees
Play Video

Source : http://www.cbsnews.com/news/facebook-post-on-islam-jordanian-writer-nahed-hattar-murder/

Facebook post on Islam leads to Jordanian atheist writer Nahed Hattar’s murder
Sketch of suspected post office armed robber released; authorities seeking information
Washington Post-ABC poll finds virtual tie for Clinton, Trump ahead of debate
Evan Birnholz’s guide to the Sept. 25 Post Magazine crossword, “Show Stoppers”
The Washington Post and Edward Snowden
Mike Pence Attacks Washington Post Over Trump Foundation Reporting
Steve Clevenger Facebook post likened Black Lives Matter movement to KKK
Lawmaker, teaching coach vie for state superintendent post
Top 7 spots unchanged in post-Week 4 AP poll
Tulsa officer's emotional post after NC, OK police shootings