Jordanian Police: Terrorist on Trial was Compiling information on Israeli Diplomats, Jordanian Officials

Published May 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A man on trial for allegedly planning terrorist attacks during the New Year was compiling information on Israeli diplomats and Jordanian officials and businessmen, a police officer testified Monday, according to a report by the Associated Press the same day.  

The agency said that Khader Abu Hosher is one of 28 men accused of being linked with Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden, who is wanted in the United States for the 1998 bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.  

Jordanian officials say the 28 accused Arabs, many of whom are Jordanians of Palestinian descent, planned bomb attacks on US and Israeli tourists during millennium celebrations.  

Lt. Mohammad Aramsheh told a state court Monday that a document he seized from Abu Hosher's Amman office “contained a list of addresses of leading Jordanian authorities such as judicial, military, security and managers of banks and hotels.”  

Aramsheh said he also seized a paper from Abu Hosher's office on which was written: ''The first secretary of the Jewish Embassy resides in Amra Hotel, the 21st floor, room 24.'' He did not identify the diplomat by name.  

The police officer told the three-man tribunal the information he seized was hidden inside a photocopier along with stamps of the Syrian and Jordanian governments, the Palestine Liberation Organization and its military intelligence.  

Other material seized included expired American, Dutch, Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Lebanese and Jordanian passports, identification cards from Arab countries and maps of tourist sites in Jordan, he said.  

The trial, which opened April 20, involves 13 suspects who are at large and 15 who have been in custody since December. The 15 - 13 Jordanians of Palestinian descent, an Iraqi and an Algerian - have pleaded innocent.  

The defendants have been charged with various counts, including possession of explosives and affiliation with “an outlawed group” involved in a “conspiracy to carry out terrorist attacks” in Jordan, according to the report – Albawaba.com  

 

 

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