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Pro-Zarqawi MPs anger Jordan
by ALJ
Sunday Jun 11th, 2006 9:55 PM
Jordan's parliament has condemned an Islamist MP for calling Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a "martyr" and demanded that his party question him and three other members for attending the dead al-Qaida leader's wake.
In a statement on Sunday, parliament demanded that the Islamic Action Front "question its four members about the visit (to al-Zarqawi's home), put an end to these practices and consider any attempt to bypass the right, dignity and declared positions of this country a crime that won't go unpunished".

It said the visit was calculated to deliberately provoke the Jordanian people.

Mohammed Abu Fares and three other members of the Islamic Action Front - all parliament deputies - visited al-Zarqawi's home on Friday to pay condolences to his family.

Abu Fares called al-Zarqawi a "martyr" in a sermon he delivered at a mosque following the wake.

He said later that the term did not apply to Jordanians who died in last November's triple hotel blasts in Amman. The attacks were claimed by al-Zarqawi's group.

"Mobs and ignorant people"

"I can't describe them as martyrs; these were mobs and ignorant (people)," Abu Fares told Al Arabiya satellite station on Saturday.

Parliament argued that Abu Fares' comments marked a "serious precedent" in sanctioning killing, glorifying murderers and insulting al-Zarqawi's Jordanian victims.

Parliament, which is in recess for the summer, did not say if it will take action against the four lawmakers, whose party, with 17 MPs, is the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood Movement.