Middle East

Jordan MP under investigation for pulling gun on TV

A Jordanian member of parliament is under investigation after pulling a gun on a rival in a TV talk show, prosecutors said.

Mohammed Shawabka pointed a revolver at political activist Mansour Saif al-Din Murad after he was insulted in a debate on Syria.

The brawl on Thursday evening was eventually broken up by chatshow host Mohammed Habashna. No shots were fired.

Mr Murad has accused his opponent of attempted murder.

The fight, aired live on the private Jordanian Josat satellite station, began when Mr Shawabka called Mr Murad an "Assad spy".

In response, Mr Murad, a former Palestinian guerrilla, accused the politician of being a spy for Mossad, the Israeli secret service.

Enraged, Mr Shawabka then hurled his shoe at Mr Murad and brandished a pistol at him.

"He was going to shoot me and he should be punished for that," Mr Murad said after filing the complaint on Monday.

A prosecutor told the Associated Press that investigators were also looking into how the gun had managed to get into the studio.