Candidates of Youth Elections List Deprived of Running over 'Reform' Court Charges

23-12-2012 12:00 AM

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - A Youth bloc seeking to nominate candidates to run on the general National list for the upcoming parliamentary elections faces marginalization and prohibition of running for candidacy after finding that its main nominees are wanted on various charges by the State Security Court (SSC).

The bloc, called "Sons of Plowers," faces obstacles as its main candidate, labor and reform activist Muhammad Sneid, is wanted for 10 charges issued by the special military tribunal, according to security sources.

Sneid attempted to get confirmation on Tuesday that he is not wanted on any violations, but found that there is an arrest warrant against him over the protests and riots that erupted last month following the government's decision to list subsidies on fuel derivatives.

Pro-reform activist and journalist Alaa Fazza, who heads the youth candidacy list, also attempted to get clearance from the court on Tuesday, only to be surprised to find that he is still indicted over a case for which he was arrested in June 2011.

Fazza was asked to go to the State Security Court to obtain clarification on the case.

Other members in the youth bloc, some of whom were arrested at the Interior Ministry Circle protest last month, are expected to face the same obstacle.

A legal clearance confirmation from court is necessary to run for candidacy in the upcoming parliamentary elections, slated to be held on January 23rd, 2013.

The Youth Bloc is seeking to nominate youth candidates, with a political platform focused on national identity, canonizing the disengagement decision with the West Bank, development of governorates, prosecution of corrupt officials, and reviewing privatization deals of national companies, in addition to changing governing mechanisms and raising taxes on the rich.

In a statement to Ammon News, Nahed Hattar said that the obstacles facing the Youth Bloc in finalizing their candidacy documents, particularly over pro-reform cases at SSC, reflects the identity of the bloc that stems from "the heart of popular struggle and movement."

"It is evident that there is a decision to prosecute pro-reform activists, which contradicts the King's promise to turn over the page of political arrests," Hattar added.

Hattar, who is a coordinator of the youth bloc list but is not a candidate, called on authorities and civil society movements to interfere with the State Security Court to facilitate for the candidates to obtain clearance documents, warning of the arrest of activist Muhammad Sneid and others.

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