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Jordan Court Acquits 10 of Conspiracy

Jordan’s military court acquitted 10 men of conspiracy to carry out terror attacks against American and Israeli targets, but sentenced eight of them to one year in prison for trying to illegally buy firearms. The court’s presiding judge, Col. Fawaz al-Buqour, said there was “no evidence” to substantiate that the 10 men had plotted terror attacks. Al-Buqour acquitted two on all charges, including prime suspect Waiel al-Shalabi, 29 and handed down one-year prison terms for each of the remaining eight, saying they had attempted to either buy or sell weapons illegally. The ruling can be appealed. Prosecutors had maintained al-Shalabi was behind a plot to carry out an armed attack on Americans in an upscale Amman neighborhood. All 10 men, who ranged in age from 22 and 55 and are largely of Palestinian origin, originally were accused with conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks and possessing weapons. They had pleaded innocent. Full Story

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