Israeli Held For Illegally Entering Jordan Appears In Court

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    Israeli Konstantin Kotov stands in the defendant's cage during an appearance before a state security court where he was charged with illegally entering the country and possessing drugs, in Amman, Jordan, Monday Dec. 2, 2019. Kotov pleaded guilty on Monday to entering Jordan illegally but denied the other charge. The judge rejected his argument that possessing a small amount of marijuana is legal in Israel. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An Israeli man detained in Jordan has appeared before a state security court where he was charged with illegally entering the country and possessing drugs.

    The 35-year-old Israeli pleaded guilty on Monday to entering Jordan illegally but denied the other charge. Konstantin Kotov said that possessing a small amount of marijuana is legal in Israel. The judge rejected that argument, saying he had violated Jordanian law.

    Kotov, who was arrested on Oct. 29, did not say why he traveled to Jordan.

    Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty 25 years ago, but relations have cooled in recent years over the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Israeli policies in occupied and annexed east Jerusalem, where Jordan has custodianship over Muslim holy sites.

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    1. Is possession of a small amount of marijuana legal in Israel? Actually the answer is wholly irrelevant as the defendant entered Jordan illegally and it was there that he was arrested with marijuana in his possession. Saying theta it is legal in Israel is a typically arrogant Israeli answer. Like the Israeli girl who was arrested with a “small” amount of drugs in Russia, travelers need to understand that if you are a guest in another country, you have to respect their laws. If you don’t you may end up in jail.

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