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Jordan Lawmaker Goes Gunslinging during TV Debate Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 9, 2012, 06:13 PM
A Jordanian lawmaker, who claims to support human rights and American-style democracy in the Middle East, pulled out his gun and threatened to shoot and kill his TV debate opponent, a supporter of the Syrian regime.

A prosecutor announced Monday that his office would launch a criminal investigation into the matter.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, “Mohammed Shawabka pointed his pistol at Mansour Seif-Eddine Murad after the former guerilla-turned-politician called him a ‘mafia thief’ during a prime-time debate late Thursday covering Jordanian politics and the Syria’s uprising. The debate was aired on the private Jordanian Josat satellite station.”

Murad, an outspoken activist affiliated with Arab nationalist groups who support Syrian President Bashar Assad’s defiance of President Barack Obama’s “colonialism.”

According to the Houston Chronicle, “he said he filed a complaint against Shawabka at Amman’s First Instance Court earlier Monday, accusing him of attempted murder and defamation. Shawabka declined comment.”

Apparently, prosecutors are also investigating “how the gun managed to find its ways into the studio.”

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