Jordan: 3 men sentenced to jail for plotting terror attacks

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October 7, 2007 14:38

Three Jordanians convicted for conspiring to throw Molotov cocktails at an Amman factory that imports minced turkey meat from Israel.

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Jordan: 3 men sentenced to jail for plotting terror attacks

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Jordan's military court on Sunday convicted three men and sentenced them to five years in jail for conspiring to carry out terror attacks at an Amman factory that imports minced turkey meat from Israel. Authorities said Adnan Smadi, 40, his brother Adel Smadi, 30, and Hamdi al-Fassooli, 30, planned to attack the factory, which also houses an office for the turkey meat company's Israeli representative, with primitive Molotov cocktail bombs. In mid-March, the three Jordanians headed to the factory to carry out their attack but were surprised to see security forces inside the building, military prosecutors said in an indictment. The three men were immediately arrested, and their explosives where confiscated, the indictment said. At the outset of their trial five months ago, the three pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also included transporting and manufacturing flammable material to carry out attacks. The verdict can be appealed. An attempt to reach the suspects' lawyer, Yousef al-Fa'ouri, by telephone went unanswered Sunday. In its verdict, the military State Security Court said it was convinced by prosecution evidence that the three men "conspired terror acts on Jordanian soil and deserve to be punished." The indictment said Adnan Smadi, the alleged mastermind of the group, was a partner with an import-export firm, and his brother Adel was a representative of another firm that used to import minced turkey meat from Israel. Details about al-Fassooli were not provided. The indictment did not give the name of the factory but said it was located in the Megablane district on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital, Amman.


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