Jordan: 13 men acquitted of conspiring to carry out attacks against American interests
Jordan's military court on Monday acquitted 13 men, including three Saudi fugitives, of conspiring to carry out attacks against American interests in the kingdom, but sentenced 11 of them to prison terms ranging from six to 15 years for possessing explosives.
According to the AP, two defendants - Jordanian Saud al-Khalayleh and Isam al-Barqawi - were acquitted for lack of evidence in charges that they possessed explosives and plotted bombing attacks. The prosecution claimed they planned to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American targets in Jordan.
The guilty verdict can be appealed.
Only one of the defendants, Jordanian Zuhair Shdeifat, has confessed to plotting attacks, telling judges that the group's motive was to "defend Jordan's soil."
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