Trial of Jordanians accused of smuggling weapons to West Bank begins
Eight Jordanians went on trial before the state security court in Amman on charges of smuggling arms and explosives to Palestinians in the West Bank. Court sources said Tuesday that the Jordanians pleaded not guilty to the charges, which in Jordan can carry the death sentence, AFP reported.
The defendants, six of whom live in the southern port city of Aqaba, are charged with smuggling arms to the West Bank and four of them with "possession and transportation of explosives". They were detained between January and May, the court sources disclosed.
The chief suspect, Khaled Najjar, is alleged with his associates to have twice transported consignments of arms last year from the southern town of Maan to the West Bank via the Red Sea port of Aqaba. Jordanian security forces foiled a third attempt in January, according to the sources. (Albawaba.com)