Jordanian court rejects call for Bush's testimony

A Jordanian military court rejected on Wednesday a defense lawyer's request for George W. Bush to testify in the trial of three suspected Islamic militants accused of plotting to assassinate the US president during a visit here in November. Lawyer Abdel Karim Sharaydeh made the request for both Bush and the US ambassador to Jordan to attend to trial in order to emphasize what he considers the fabricated nature of the plot attributed to his three clients. "When I submitted my request to the court, I knew that it was impossible for Bush to attend the court hearing," Sharaydeh said. "I just wanted to draw to the attention of the Jordanian public opinion and media that this case is fabricated and the charges void," he told The Associated Press. Police arrested defendants Nidhal Musleh al-Momani, Sattam al-Zawahrah and Tharwat Daraj on November 28, a day before Bush's arrival in Amman. The prosecution says the three alleged Islamic militants were found with large plastic bottles filled with gasoline meant to be used for bombs. The hearing was adjourned until Sept. 5. If convicted, all three could face the death penalty.