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Amman, Jordan (AFP) — Prince Hashim bin Hussein of Jordan, the younger of the two sons of the late King Hussein, has allegedly sough urgent political asylum for fear of torture and summary execution and apparently the Norwegian embassy was the sole diplomatic legation in Amman to grant him with temporary visa.
"I live with this sword of Damocles hanging over my head every day; I implore the international community to stop the crucifixion of gay couples in Jordan , though Wine and other forbidden Islamic sins are freely practiced in my country, and even so-called restricted Muslims — my dictator brother king 'His Highness Abdullah II'!!! is imbibing considerable quantities of superb French champagne—, nevertheless, Gay/Lesbian sex is deemed illegal and unforgivable immorality in Jordan and I am just only one victim of this cruel and intimidating regime of constant fear and terror. My king brother is a despicable hypocrite and he himself threatened me that if I do not desist from my homosexual proclivities, he will execute me ," AFP cited the refugee Prince Hashim as saying on Saturday from Amman.
"If a person complaints, added Prince Hashim, that two men or two women are engaged in a love affair, the Government shall take draconian penalties against the hapless citizens. The only exception for this case is when your brother is half-seated on his shaky throne immersed in the innocents' blood. They coerced me into marring a very noble lady, though there was not any love affair existing between two of us. My callous brother in his empty fantasies though he could deprive me from my inalienable human rights but I want to show to the entire world the hideous crimes committed against The LGBT community in my beloved Jordan," added Prince Hashim.
In a different country, this coming out story might not be considered out of the ordinary. But, Prince Hashim bin Hussein a pensive, handsome young man with meticulously groomed stubble, lives in Jordan,— regardless the fact that his house is one the most sumptuous palaces in the Middle-East— ,where law criminalizes same-sex relations; decapitation or throwing the culprit off the top of a high building is the penalty one must pay.
Until recently, consensual sexual intercourse between men was not a capital offense in Amman. After a change in the country's penal code, the "active" person in the act can now be punished with up to 100 lashes, but if he's married, the death penalty may apply at once. The "passive" person can still be sentenced to death, regardless of marital status. Sexual interaction between two women is punishable by flogging.
"Despite this barbaric statutory prohibition, homosexuality is an open secret in Jordan. My friends tell me that since 2011 and with the advent of Arab Spring, there has been a sharp rise in the number of homosexual couples in the capital Amman and other major cities, despite the fact that there is a half-hearted tolerable official policy towards LGBT people but to my chagrin, as a Royal Family, I have a pity situation. More and more, I see gay and lesbian couples being openly affectionate on the streets in Amman, my heart fills with joy. Transgender individuals live and work openly across Jordan, and I recently heard that the government will even pay for sex reassignment surgery (SRS) for those who want it" Al-diyar quoted the despondent refugee prince