Jordan sentences Fatah Islam leader, 15 others to jail

September 12, 2007 15:42

A Jordanian military court on Wednesday convicted 16 terrorists - including the fugitive Fatah Islam leader involved in recent fighting in Lebanon - of plotting to join al-Qaida fighters in Iraq. Shaker al-Absi, whose whereabouts remain unclear, and 15 others - 11 of whom are in custody - were handed prison terms ranging from 20 months to five years. The remaining five are at large and were tried and sentenced in absentia, as was al-Absi, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin. Another suspect, Dia'a al-Ajawi, who was also in custody, was acquitted for lack of evidence. Al-Absi was presumed dead after fighting in the Lebanese Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared ended earlier this month, but Lebanese authorities later said a DNA test on a body suspected to be his proved negative.

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