Archive for Monday, March 13, 2006

Five militants convicted of plotting terror attacks

March 13, 2006

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— Five Islamic militants were convicted Sunday of plotting terrorist attacks on Jordanian intelligence agents, foreign tourists and upscale hotels and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life.

The plot's mastermind, fugitive Mohammad Rateb Qteishat, received a life sentence in absentia. He is believed to be in neighboring Iraq.

The four defendants in custody shouted insults at the military judges who sentenced them to 10 years of hard labor.

"God is our protector and America is yours," yelled the men, who sported long beards and dark blue prison uniforms.

The court said it was "convinced beyond doubt" that the five men were guilty of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism and of illegally possessing explosives.

Jordanian security officials declined to say if the defendants were linked to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi or any other terrorist group.

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