12 taken to court in Jordan over online abuse of Istanbul attack victims

Relatives and friends of Nawras Assaf, one of the victims from Istanbul's New Year nightclub attack, carry his coffin during his funeral in the town of Al-Fuhays near the Jordanian capital Amman, on January 3, 2017. (AFP)

Amman’s State Security Court (SSC) on Monday referred to Prosecutor General 12 suspected of indulging in online abuse directed against Jordanian victims and their families of Istanbul New Year’s shooting.

According to a report published in Petra, Amman Prosecutor General, Abdullah Abu Ghanam, started judicial investigation of the case, which belongs to the judiciary system. A judicial source told the agency that offences against the victims include, libel, insult and slander to Jordanian victims and families of the terror attack.

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Following online abusive comments, said to be directed against victims of Istanbul attack, investigators traced several social media accounts and detained their owners for their disgraceful and abusive online comments directed at victims and their families, in violation of Article 11 of the Cyber Crimes Law, Petra reported earlier.

Two Jordanians died and six were injured in Istanbul’s New Year’s attack, after a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing at least 39 people and injuring dozens more.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49