Jordanian MP may face attempted murder charge after pulling a gun on opponent during TV debate

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AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian lawmaker is being investigated after pulling a gun on his opponent in a live TV talk show, a prosecutor said Monday.

Mohammed Shawabka pointed his pistol at Mansour Seif-Eddine Murad after the former guerrilla-turned-politician called him a “mafia thief” during a prime-time debate late Thursday covering Jordanian politics and the Syria’s uprising. The debate was aired on the private Jordanian Josat satellite station.

“He was going to shoot me and he should be punished for that,” said Murad, an outspoken activist affiliated with Arab nationalist groups who support what they consider to be Syrian President Bashar Assad’s defiance of Western “colonialism.”

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He said he filed a complaint against Shawabka at Amman’s First Instance Court earlier Monday, accusing him of attempted murder and defamation.

Shawabka declined comment.

He was going to shoot me and he should be punished for that

An Amman prosecutor confirmed that…

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