Relatives of jailed Islamists protest in Jordan

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 01, 2011 16:50 hrs

Amman, March 1 (DPA) Hundreds of relatives protested in Amman Tuesday to press for the release of dozens of Islamists, 27 of whom are currently on hunger strike in prison.

The protesters chanted slogans and held posters in front of the Grand Husseini Mosque in central Amman to urge King Abdullah to release their jailed relatives held at Swaqa prison, 50 km south of the capital.

'The place of those who fight the Zionists should not be jail,' read one slogan on a poster, in reference to those who are jailed for plotting attacks against Israeli targets.

Jordan was the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel after Egypt, and shares a border with both Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Scores of Islamists were also found guilty by Jordan's State Security Court for plotting to fight US troops in Afghanistan and in neighbouring Iraq, judicial sources said.