Jordan terror suspects sentenced for planning airport attacks James M Yoch Jr at 3:42 PM ET
[JURIST] A military court in Jordan [JURIST news archive] handed down sentences Monday for six men charged with planning suicide bombings at Queen Alia International Airport [airport website] in Amman and several hotels frequented by Israelis and Americans. None of the defendants are Jordanian citizens and three were tried in absentia and remain at large. Five of the defendants, including leader Mohammed al-Darsi, were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor for their involvement in the planned attacks, while the sixth man was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for his conviction on weapons charges. The court found a seventh man not guilty for lack of evidence. According to the indictment, the defendants possessed extremely powerful explosives that they first planned to detonate in hotels hosting tourists, but later planned to use in the Amman airport arrivals terminal.
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