A Jordanian court on Tuesday condemned three men to death, two in absentia, for a terrorist bombing that killed two people last year. The military State Security Court sentenced four accomplices to prison terms ranging from one year to life with hard labor. One of the accomplices was a juvenile. The defendants were convicted of planting a bomb under the car of the wife of a senior Jordanian intelligence officer, Lt. Col. Ali Burjaq, in a district of Amman on Feb. 28, 2002. The bomb exploded but killed two workers passing by – an Egyptian and an Iraqi. Burjaq escaped unharmed, having driven away from the area minutes beforehand. The men in the dock shouted “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” when the presiding judge, Col. Fawaz al-Buqour, read their sentences. The fifth defendant, the juvenile, stood in the public gallery, looking frightened. Full Story
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