Jordan frees four Islamists ahead of November poll

The Jordanian authorities have freed four members of the Islamist opposition, who had been detained without charge since June, as November parliamentary elections near, the group said Monday.

Jordan frees four Islamists ahead of November poll
The Jordanian authorities have freed four members of the Islamist opposition, who had been detained without charge since June, as November parliamentary elections near, the group said Monday.

Islamic Action Front (IAF) secretary general Zaki Bani Rsheid said the four had been released Sunday, but added that another three party members, who had been detained with them, remained in custody.

"We hope that the arrested members of the party, as well as all political detainees in Jordan, will be released," Bani Rsheid said.

When it detained the seven Islamists in June, the government said they were suspected of "activities targeting national security."

The Islamists countered that the arrests were intended to harm the party in the run-up to municipal elections, the following month. The IAF eventually withdrew its 25 candidates from the July 31 polls, accusing the authorities of vote-rigging.

The IAF has threatened to boycott the November 20 parliamentary elections, too.

The party had 17 of the 110 seats in the last parliament elected in 2003, which King Abdullah II dissolved, last month.


AFP
Last Mod: 17 Eylül 2007, 19:08
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