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Six activists charged with insulting king

AMMAN — Jordanian military prosecutors have charged six activists with insulting King Abdullah II during a demonstration in the southern city of Tafileh last week, a judicial official said Tuesday.

“Twenty-one have been arrested following the demonstration. State security court prosecutors have charged all of them with rioting and six of insulting the king,” the official told Agence France-Presse.

“Police are still searching for 30 more people,” he said without elaborating.

If convicted, the six suspects face three years in prison each.

Last week, Tafileh was the scene of several demonstrations to demand the government introduce reforms and find jobs for youths in the city.

From wire dispatches and staff reports