Jordan convicts five militants plotting terror attack
A military court on Sunday found five militants, including one fugitive, guilty of plotting terrorist attacks on Jordanian intelligence agents, foreign tourists and upscale hotels here, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life with hard labour. The court said it was "convinced beyond doubt" that the five - including the cell's mastermind, Jordanian fugitive Mohammad Rateb Qteishat - were guilty of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism and illegally possessing explosives.
It was not immediately clear whether the men would appeal the verdicts. The four defendants in police custody pleaded innocent at the start of their trial last September. The prosecution claimed the cell's targets included three luxury hotels in upscale Amman districts as well as the tourists and intelligence agents. The indictment did not specify the tourists' nationalities. The military tribunal, officially known as the State Security Court, tries cases dealing with national security.
Posted by: Fred 2006-03-13