Jordan: 3 jailed for plotting to join Iraq rebels

April 10, 2007 15:00

A military court found three militants guilty of plotting to join insurgents in Iraq and sentenced them to between three and five years in jail on Tuesday. Two of the militants reached Iraq last year and are at large, the prosecution told the court. Identified as Mohammad Islam Hajjaj and Abdullah Adnan al-Fasfous, they stood trial in absentia and received jail terms of five years' imprisonment. The third man, Hamza Abdul-Aziz al-Nawaysheh, is regarded as the leader of the insurgent recruiting cell. "I'm not a criminal and jihad (holy war) is not a crime!" al-Nawaysheh shouted Tuesday as the presiding judge read out the verdict.

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