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Jordanian writer assassinated before trial over ISIS caricature

From the Associated Press

A prominent Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam.

Nahed Hattar was shot dead outside a courthouse he was entering to be tried on contempt of religion charges for sharing on social media a caricature mocking the Islamic State’s interpretation of Islamic beliefs.

The gunman, described as a 39-year-old imam, was arrested at the scene of the murder. Hattar’s arrest was a point of controversy in Jordan, with some defending his right to free speech and others arguing the post, which depicted a man in heaven expecting God to cater to his every need, was insulting to God.

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