Jordan commutes death penalty for al-Qaida terrorist

Jordan's military court commuted a 2004 death sentence against an al-Qaida militant convicted of slaying a US diplomat five years earlier to 10 years in jail. According to the brief verdict handed down by Jordan's State Security Court, the judges concluded that while Mohammed Ahmed Youssef al-Jaghbeer was involved in terrorist actions, he did not intend to kill the diplomat. Al-Jaghbeer, 36, was convicted in absentia in April 2004 and sentenced to death for his role in the slaying of US diplomat Laurence Foley, who was gunned down outside his Amman home on October 28, 2002. Foley, 60, was an administrator for the United States Agency for International Development.