Jordan frees man who hurled shoe at PM

Jordanian security quickly seized the television cameras covering the event to prevent footage of the incident from being broadcast.

Jordan frees man who hurled shoe at PM

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Jordanian man arrested on Monday after hurling a shoe at Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour has been released from custody, a security official said on Tuesday.

The official did not, however, state whether the shoe-thrower would be prosecuted.

On Monday, Mosleh al-Mahasna threw his shoe at Ensour during a public meeting in Jordan's northern Jerash province.

Security forces immediately arrested al-Mahasna and seized the television cameras covering the event to prevent footage of the incident from being broadcast.

Ensour, meanwhile, was quickly hustled out of the meeting venue.

A local official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had told Anadolu Agency earlier that Ensour had gone to Jerash to inaugurate a transport facility.

While there, a meeting with local residents – held at the government's provincial headquarters – devolved into chaos after several citizens were prevented from asking the prime minister questions.

The situation prompted a frustrated al-Mahasna to hurl his shoe at Ensour, according to the official.

Well-placed Jordanian sources told AA that, following the incident, a number of local dignitaries from Jerash had attempted to present Ensour with a formal apology.

Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2014, 17:32
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