Abdullah commutes death sentences for 7 militants

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday commuted the death sentences of seven Islamic militants to 15 years hard labor for instigating violent unrest, the official Petra news agency said. The militants were part of a group of 108 defendants charged with inciting a wave of violence in November 2002. Six people, including two police officers, were killed in clashes as army and police in the southern city of Maan pursued militant leader Mohammed Ahmed al-Chalabi, also known as Abu Sayyaf. Jordan's militant court sentenced al-Chalabi and eight others to death in March 2006. Abu-Sayyaf was among those whose death sentences was commuted.