Jordan: Hamas members go on trial for terror plot

November 8, 2006 18:31


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Three Hamas operatives went on trial Wednesday for conspiring to attack Israeli businessmen, Jordanian intelligence officers and various other locations in Jordan. Ayman Naji Daraghmeh, 34, Ahmed Abu Rabee, 27, and Ahmed Abu Thiyab, appeared in court but did not submit pleas because they have not appointed lawyers. The trial adjourned to Nov. 15 to allow the defendants time to obtain counsel. The defendants were also charged with illegal possession of weapons and ammunition. In April, Jordanian authorities arrested 20 alleged Hamas members on suspicion of monitoring Jordanian intelligence officers and foreigner tourists to plan for possible attacks. Authorities released all but the three, apparently for lack of evidence. Al-Daraghmeh gave authorities the location of several weapons caches, the indictment sheet said.

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