- Title: Funeral held for Jordanian writer shot over caricature seen to insult Islam
- Date: 28th September 2016
- Summary: AL-FUHEIS, JORDAN (SEPTEMBER 28, 2016) (REUTERS) MOURNERS GATHERING BEFORE FUNERAL OF WRITER NAHED HATTAR PEOPLE SURROUNDING HEARSE DECORATED WITH JORDANIAN FLAG VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CARRYING HATTAR'S FLAG-DRAPED CASKET DURING PROCESSION PEOPLE MARCHING DURING PROCESSION PEOPLE GATHERING OUTSIDE 'HEART OF MARY' CHURCH VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CARRYING CASKET TOWARDS CHURCH
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- Keywords: Nahed Hattar Jordan funeral writer shot killed religion cartoon funeral
- Location: AL-FUHEIS, JORDAN
- City: AL-FUHEIS, JORDAN
- Country: Jordan
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA00151HDXL3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: More than a thousand people attended the funeral of a Christian writer in Jordan on Wednesday (September 28) who was shot dead outside a court where he was to stand trial after sharing on social media a cartoon image seen as insulting Islam.
The writer, Nahed Hattar, was shot by a former Muslim preacher on the steps of the palace of justice on Sunday (September 25). The assailant gave himself up to the police near the scene.
Hattar was laid to rest in his hometown of Al-Fuheis.
He was arrested last month after sharing on social media a cartoon image of a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women and asking God to bring him wine and clear away his dishes. The writer was released on bail but charged with contempt of religion and inflaming religious tension under the country's strict blasphemy laws.
His death has shaken a country unaccustomed to such killings and raised fears of tensions between Muslims and the minority Christians who wield political and economic influence.
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