Jordanian interior minister resigns

Jordan’s interior minister Hussein al-Majali resigns, and top police chiefs dismissed over allegations of abusive behaviours towards prisoners

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Jordanian King Abdullah approved the resignation of the interior minister, Hussein al-Majali on Sunday, and top police chiefs were "forced to retire" over reports revealing human rights violations and abuses in prisons, according to Reuters.

“The reasons for top chiefs’ dismissals were the heavy-handed police crackdown in the poor, southern, tribal city of Maan and the torture of a detainee during interrogation that led to his death,” one official told Reuters.

The dismissal of Majali, whose policies had led to widespread anger, was celebrated with gunfire by locals in Maan.

Earlier this month a member of a distinguished tribe was allegedly beaten to death after being arrested in northern Jordan, which led to violent protests in Maan.

Human rights activists said the dismissals of several police officers implicated in the death of the 21-year-old suspect were not enough to assuage public opinion over the latest case of alleged police abuse.

Majali raised the anger of the Jordan people when he prevented a peaceful event planned by Jordan’s largest political party from taking place. The political party had to cancel the event in order to avoid any confrontation.

Rights groups have denounced the Jordanian government as being intolerant of political dissent, following an increase imprisonments and trials of activists in recent years without proper legal basis.

Jordan, which is reeling from having to cope with more than 600,000 Syrian refugees, has also has been slammed by rights groups for deporting scores of refugees and for sealing the border to prevent the entry of hundreds of women and children in need of urgent relief.

TRTWorld and agencies