About 25,000 mourners attended the funeral in Amman on Tuesday (11 October) for Jordanian student Rai-D Butros Zawaideh, who was hanged in Iraq last month after being convicted of spying.
SV Picture of Zawaideh on decorated ambulance
EXTERIOR Iraq Embassy in Amman
CU Iraq Embassy plaque
SV Relatives surrounded by protesters carrying banners
SV Relative pinning notice of protest on gates of Iraq Embassy (2 shots)
SV Mourners arriving by car for funeral in Madaba (2 shots)
SV Coffin being carried out of Roman Catholic church in Madaba
SV Jordanian Minister of Interior, Mr. Suleiman Arar, leaving church with other mourners
SV Crowds filing away PAN TO Madaba
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Background: About 25,000 mourners attended the funeral in Amman on Tuesday (11 October) for Jordanian student Rai-D Butros Zawaideh, who was hanged in Iraq last month after being convicted of spying. The Jordanian government has asked Iraqi authorities for full details surrounding the case, which it said was a "mock trial".
SYNOPSIS: A photograph of the dead student was on the funeral ambulance as the procession made its way to the burial ground. On the way mourners stopped at the heavily guarded Iraqi Embassy to protest against the hanging.
As guards watched, a relative of Zawaideh pinned a petition on the embassy gate denouncing what it called the "brutality" of Iraq's trial and execution of the boy. It had been signed by representatives of more than 300 Jordanian families.
The funeral procession then moved on to Madaba, Zawaideh's home, where a ceremony was held at the local Roman Catholic Church before the burial. The youth, who was 21 years-old, had been studying at the Basra University in Iraq before he was arrested on charges of spying. He was executed last month in what the Jordanians have called a "secret trial", and his body was transported back to Jordan this week.
Jordan's Minister of the Interior, Mr. Suleiman Arar, represented his government at the funeral, and that day the family received a telegram of condolence from King Hussein. Since the hanging, relations between Jordan and Iraq have broken down, and Jordanian students in Iraq have been asked to return home.