Jordan charges 5 with spying for Hamas

Indictment accuses men of acquired info that could endanger kingdom, spying on Israeli, Syrian borders.

jeep patrol jordan line  (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
jeep patrol jordan line
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Jordan's military prosecutor on Monday charged five men with acquiring secret information that could jeopardize the safety of the kingdom. According to the indictment sheet, the five men, who were in police custody, were allegedly trained in military and security matters in an unidentified neighboring country. The five were accused of taking courses on information security, tracing, resisting investigations and telecommunications, the indictment, which was made available to The Associated Press, said. Hamas members who were residing in the neighboring country allegedly appointed the men to recruit new members in Jordan, monitor military installations along its borders and surveil the Israeli embassy in Amman, the indictment said. It said that the men allegedly succeeded in monitoring military sites on Jordan's borders with Israel and Syria and the Israeli embassy in the capital. It also added that this information was recorded on a flash memory stick and sent to the Hamas members. The indictment did not provide other details.