Jordanian court convicts alleged al-Qaida poet for slandering king

October 1, 2007 17:02


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Jordan's military court convicted Monday a man posted Web poems sympathetic to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden and sentenced him to 18 months in prison for slandering Jordan's king. Mohammed al-Zuhairi had become known on Islamic militant Web sites as the "poet of al-Qaida" for his verses praising bin Laden, the slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other figures in the terror network, according to the indictment sheet. Among the messages were lines harming the dignity of Jordan's King Abdullah II, prosecutors said. Al-Zuhairi was arrested and charged last August.

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