Jordan's military tribunal sentenced a gang of four men to five years in prison with hard labor on Thursday for a robbing spree that targeted the country's Christian population on religious grounds.
The prosecution said that Fadi Mohammed, Riyadh Adel, Kamal Jamal and Mohammed Ahmed, all with previous criminal records, met in 2006 in the conservative northeastern city of Zarqa to form a gang to rob Christian homes and businesses.
The four claimed Islamic law permits the robbing of Christians, as long as a fifth of proceeds are donated to the poor - an interpretation not shared by mainstream Islamic authorities.
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