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Court Convicts 15 in Jordan Terror Plot

A military court convicted 15 men Wednesday — only one of whom was in custody — for a terror conspiracy targeting U.S. and Israeli interests in Jordan as well as its intelligence officials. Ahmad Mahmoud Saleh al-Riyati, 34, was convicted of being the mastermind of the 15-member terror cell linked to al-Qaida and Ansar al-Islam militant groups. Al-Riyati, the only suspect in custody, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but the court then cut the term by half to give him another chance in life. “Oh man, all these charges were false!” the bearded al-Riyati shouted at the head military judge, Col. Fawaz Buqour. “Allah is my savior and guardian,” said al-Riyati, angrily waving his arms. His feet were chained together. Eight of the other 14 — 12 of them Jordanians and two Iraqis — received sentences of 15 years in jail with hard labor. Full Story

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