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House to send delegations to Gulf States over Jordanian detainees

[3/4/2013 12:00:00 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Arab and Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee this week questioned the government regarding the number of Jordanians detained abroad and the reasons behind their detention.

The Lower House Parliamentary Committee stepped up measures to follow up on the conditions of Jordanians detained abroad, sending out communiques to the Jordanian Foreign Ministry and embassies of Arab Gulf countries in Amman to inquire about the detainees, Committee chairman MP Bassam Manaseer told Ammon News.

MP Manaseer noted that he seeks to form parliamentary delegations to visit Gulf states to seek the release of detainees or ensure their proper treatment.

The Arab and Foreign Affairs committee seeks to meet with senior Gulf officials, particularly in Saudi Arabia, where Jordanian activist Khaled Natour remains in detention.

Manaseer stressed that he is following up on Natour's case, who has been detained in Saudi Arabia for nearly 2 months following his arrest at the Riyadh airport upon arrival on a work trip.

Natour, who has been held incommunicado in a Saudi prison, took part in a protest in front of the Bahraini embassy in Amman last year, criticizing Saudi's intervention in Bahrain's affairs and denouncing the role of the Gulf Shield military forces to Bahrain to crackdown on protests there.

Natour's family and activists held several protests in front of the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Amman and have been demanding that Jordan's government takes an active measure to disclose information on Natour's whereabouts and conditions.

Natour has not been allowed to speak to his family or lawyers since his arrest nearly 55 days ago.

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