Jordanian cartoonist shot dead in front of court before trial

Jordanian cartoonist shot dead in front of court before trial

A Jordanian writer who was about to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature that was seen as insulting God and Islam has been shot dead by an unknown gunman.
The Christian writer and cartoonist Nahed Hattar, a prominent activist who was a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, was arrested after he shared a caricature that depicted a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women, asking God to bring him wine and cashews.
Following his cartoon post, many conservative Muslim Jordanians considered it offensive and against their religion.
No one or group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing of Hatter with authorities saying he violated the law by widely sharing the caricature.

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