Fugitive Suspected of Ties to Bin Laden Seized in Amman

Published May 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A fugitive with alleged ties to Saudi militant Osama bin Laden has been arrested on charges of planning terrorist attacks during New Year's celebrations, government officials said Wednesday, quoted by the Associated Press.  

The AP said the arrest of Jamal Tahrawi in his Amman hide-out on Tuesday brings to 16 the number of Arab suspects in police detention for allegedly planning bombing attacks on US and Israeli tourists during New Year's celebrations in Jordan.  

Another 12 suspects remain at large, security officials said. They are being tried in absentia in proceedings that began April 20.  

A senior government official said Tahrawi, a Jordanian of Palestinian descent, was referred to a military prosecutor for interrogation. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.  

The 28 defendants have been charged with possession of explosives and affiliation with "an outlawed group" involved in a "conspiracy to carry out terrorist attacks" in Jordan.  

Lt. Col. Mahmoud Obeidat, the military prosecutor, has said the suspects were linked to a terrorist organization allegedly headed by bin Laden, who is wanted in the United States for the 1998 bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.  

In the last four weeks, state witnesses have testified that the defendants had stockpiled weapons, ammunition, acid and detonators to use in bombing attacks in Jordan.  

The 15 defendants on trial have pleaded innocent to the terrorism charges and denied any links with bin Laden, said AP – Albawaba.com  

 

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