Jordan parliamentarians pardoned for pro-Zarqawi actions Joshua Pantesco at 7:34 AM ET
[JURIST] King Abdullah II of Jordan [official website] issued a "special amnesty" on Saturday for two opposition party lawmakers who were convicted of incitement [JURIST report] in August for expressing sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] when they visited Zarqawi's relatives in his native Jordan. A military court in September had sentenced Mohammed Abu Fares and Ali Abu Sukkar to two years and one and a half years, respectively, on single charges of "instigating sectarian strife and fueling national discord." An appeals court later reduced their prison terms. The pardon eliminates the remaining prison term but does not expunge their criminal records.
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