Suspects Linked to Bin Laden Planned Remote-Controlled Bombings

Published May 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Suspects on trial for plotting attacks in Jordan planned to use walkie-talkies to detonate bombs by remote control and had computer disks with instructions for bomb-making, intelligence agents testified Monday. 

Intelligence officer Khaldun Faleh told the state security court, where the 28 suspects have been on trial since April, that he tested one of five walkie-talkies that had been found in the possession of some of the suspects. 

"It was easy to detonate explosives at a distance of three kilometers (1.8 miles) using the walkie-talkie as a remote-control device," Lieutenant Faleh told the court. 

He said he ran the test at the request of the prosecution. 

A specialist agent in information technology said he sifted through the contents of a hard disk, 12 floppy disks and four compact disks, which had been also in the possession of some suspects. 

They all contained information which could be used to make bombs, light arms and heavy weapons as well as "Muslim fundamentalist ideology," the officer, Lieutenant Ziad Khalaf, told the court. 

The 15 defendants and a minor, who is not under arrest, have denied the charges against them, which include membership in an illegal organisation, possession of weapons and conspiracy to carry out terrorist attacks. 

They are also accused of having links with the suspected terrorist network of Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden that is known as Al-Qaeda, the Base. 

Bin Laden, who is thought to be hiding in Afghanistan, is wanted in the United States in connection with bomb attacks on US embassies in East Africa in 1998, which killed more than 200 people. 

On Saturday, US Undersecretary of State, Thomas Pickering, urged Pakistan to press Afghanistan's ruling Taliban to hand Bin Laden over to stand trial – AMMAN (AFP) 

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