UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)
On Monday, the Jordanian State Security Court issued a four-month prison sentence and a fine for an Israeli arrested last October after illegally infiltrating the kingdom.
In a public hearing, the court sentenced convicted Konstantin Kotov (35 years) to four months in prison and a fine of 1,000 Jordanian dinars (about $ 1500) after being convicted of charges of “infiltration into the Kingdom’s territories illegally” and “possession of drugs,” according to a French correspondent. Press inside the courtroom.
A judicial source said that “the verdict is calculated from the date of his arrest at the end of last October,” explaining that “the ruling was general and was reduced to four months as a head of a family and to give him room to repair himself.”
Kotov was arrested during his attempt to infiltrate into the territory of the Kingdom on October 29 and was transferred to the State Security Court.
At the start of his trial on December 2, Kotov admitted “entering the kingdom’s lands illegally”, but said that “the marijuana cigarette seized with him is permitted in his country.”
During the trial, the accused were translated pleadings from Arabic into English by a special translator from the Jordanian Armed Forces.
According to the indictment seen by Agence France-Presse, Kotov, who is from Haifa, told the court that “following his pursuit by the Israeli security authorities for the cultivation of marijuana at his home, he was born with the desire to seek asylum to Russia through its embassy in Amman,” so he decided to infiltrate into Jordan. Using maps on his cell phone.
The punishment for infiltration without weapons in Jordan is imprisonment from three months to a year, while the penalty for possession of drugs ranges between three months and three years.
Infiltrations are rare between Jordan and Israel, which have been linked to a peace treaty since 1994.
Jordanian-Israeli relations are not at their best.
“The Jordanian-Israeli relations are at their worst now,” said Jordanian King Abdullah II at a dialogue session organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on November 22.
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