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Jordan Wants Death Sentence for Death of U.S. Official

Jordan’s state prosecutor said Tuesday he would seek the harshest penalty, death, for 11 Islamists if they were found guilty of killing a U.S. diplomat in Jordan in 2002. “They committed an ugly crime and covered it with the dress of Islam,” State Security Prosecutor Mahmoud Obeidat said, in resting his case at the trial. He argued that the attack targeted Jordan’s security. Laurence Foley was gunned down in front of his house in Amman in October 2002 as he walked to his car, marking the first killing of a Western diplomat in pro-Western Jordan. Foley was an official of the U.S. Agency for International Development programs in Jordan. His killing prompted a sweeping crackdown on suspected Islamic militants. Full Story

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