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Jordanian opposition figure, and the Secretary General of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition, Mudar Zahran, tweeted on a Monday that “Jordan’s king’s security agencies are threatening my family in Jordan with arrest, death and execution.”  Zahran resides in London, but his parents and siblings still live in their native country Jordan. Zahran fled the country in 2010 and was quickly granted political asylum in the UK. Before that, he was working as the most senior local staff for the US Embassies in both Amman and Baghdad, where he served as a senior economic expert and assistant policy coordinator. Since then, Zahran has been openly and avidly advocating his vision for new Jordan which is fully-engaged with Israel on all economic, political and defense levels. Nonetheless, Zahran’s vision had a problem: He wants the king out of the picture to see his people liberated from tyranny. That did not fall well with the king, who eventually handed Zahran a life in prison sentence in the notorious military State Security Court, in which Zahran was tried in absentia for the crimes of “Having a long tongue against the king”, “Insulting and official entity”, “Writing for Israeli newspapers”, “Trying to change the structure of the society” and “Attempting to change the ruling regime”. Little did those sentences do to Zahran as he resides in the safety of London, nonetheless, for his family members who remain in Jordan, the case is totally different.

Zahran says: “Harassment never stopped to my family”, “they have gotten used to it over the past decade because of my activities, the only thing that has changed is lately, the volume and seriousness of the threats made to my parents have and my only brother have increased to an unprecedented level. Last May, the king’s intelligence stopped my brother from boarding a plane to Saudi where he resides, he missed his flight and was ordered to report to the fearsome royal intelligence department, right from the airport he went there to endure a humiliating interrogation, the problem is the fact that my brother is in fact loyal to the king and is against my political work. In addition he is a computer genius who knows nothing about politics really.”

Zahran adds: “The king and his people know my brother has no influence over me. They know he doesn’t care for nor know much about politics, nonetheless, they wanted to harass me.” They eventually let him return to Saudi Arabia, having to book another flight at his own expense. He was calling me from Saudi Arabia for days after that, begging me to stop my political work and even to apologize to the king.” More threats were made at the same time to my parents, including my 73 year old father who is literally becoming paralyzed with Parkinson’s disease. My mother has been calling me ever since begging me to stop my political work and even to apologize to the king, she kept saying that the king’s people could kill the entire family and get away with it.”

Zahran says he “could have handled all of this”, was it not for what happened on the 9th of August, “Jordan is flaming with anti-regime protests, those began last May right after I released six video to the Jordanian public telling them they must protests against the king peacefully, and state that they want peace with everyone after the king is gone, including Israel.”

“They responded and the country has been witnessing protests ever since, that are growing and the king has been out of the country since last June, with mere indoor videos of him being presented that could have been shot anywhere, including at his fancy residency near Washington DC.”

Zahran claims: “The king has lost power. He is now a paper tiger. He does not control the army nor the intelligence, nonetheless, this does not mean his thugs and secret service bodyguards could not butcher his family, and I guess he made that point very clear last Thursday.”

Mudar explains: “My mother called me from Jordan begging, telling me the king’s security service called my brother in Saudi, told him they would kill him and his family, that they would fabricate criminal charges for them that could result in q death sentence.”

“They told my brother he could not return from Saudi to see his children unless he wants to go to jail. My family is now considering going into hiding and leaving their home. My mother was too afraid to speak to me in details but confirmed to me she and my dad were expecting to get killed, to the point where she was literally saying her goodbyes to me. She said we, my family, was so weak and had no protection and that the government could do anything to them and nobody would care.”

Zahran says his group with the help of some DC lobbyists is already presenting these incident to several international parties, including the UK’s government. Zahran, who happens to be a dual-Jordanian British citizen, says: “This is not a local matter anymore, this is the case of a foreign regime practicing a threat that impacts me, an individual living on British soil, this political terrorism, extortion, and the king and his people must not simply get away with it, we’re taking this to the end, and we’re not stopping, my family may get butchered as we speak right now, perhaps they will be killed before this story is published, and I am not going to sit and let the king get away with it without facing haunting legal consequences.”

Zahran makes a rather intriguing comparison between the way the king is treating his family and the way Israel treats families of its Arab opponents: “While my family is being terrorized by the king and his criminals because I am advocating peace, liberalism and human rights, Israel treats families of Hamas members for free, welcomes them to its hospitals, some of those Hamas members have killed Israelis with their own hands, some are serving multiple life sentences in Israeli jails, nonetheless, not on one occasion has Israel gone after their family members or threatened them, in my case, the king and his thugs want my brother and parents killed, despite the fact that my father has denounce me in public several times to avoid the king’s wrath, but it does not seem to be working.”

When asked why is his family’s public denouncement of him is not working at keep the king’s wrath away anymore, Zahran responds: “Simply because the king knows he is on his way out for real this time, and Obama is no longer there to appease him and support him for his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Jordan’s king’s regime is in full alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama supported those, that’s what’s kept the king in power during the Arab Spring. Now that Obama is gone, and the Jordanian public being so fed up with the king, I cannot see how will the king stay in power, and he and I know how Jordanians have been listening to my calls for peaceful protesting and for publicly seeking peace and liberalism, he cannot tolerate that and wants to hurt me by hurting my family, he may as will kill them sooner than I thought or lock up my brother and torture him beyond recovery, but I could assure him, he will have a legal price to pay, guaranteed, he’s acting like Qaddafi now.”


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