Jordan court upholds terror ideology sentences

Jordan’s Court of Cassation has upheld a February State Security Court (SSC) ruling that sentenced two cousins to four years in prison for spreading terrorist ideologies in the kingdom, the Jordan Times reported Sunday (October 6th).

The SSC declared the two defendants guilty of spreading "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) videos and material using their cell phones and computers, and handed them the maximum punishment.

Court papers said the defendants adopted a takfiri perspective and when ISIS surfaced, they adopted its ideology.

"The two cousins used all technological means available to spread material that ISIS was broadcasting in order to gain more sympathisers for the terrorist group," court documents said.

Later on, the defendants sought out a university at which to spread their ideology, court papers said.

The two were arrested in July 2017 after the campus security became suspicious of their presence and alerted the authorities.

The SSC’s attorney general asked the higher court to uphold the prison terms given to the defendants. The higher court ruled that the SSC proceedings were accurate and the defendants were given the appropriate punishment.

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