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Israeli held for illegally entering Jordan appears in court

December 2, 2019 GMT
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)
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.