Jordan sentences man to death over Daesh affiliation

Jordan sentences man to death over Daesh affiliation
The man sentenced to death by hanging, by a military court, had been found guilty of ‘planning and executing terrorist acts in 2016 inside Jordanian territory.’ (AFP)
Updated 15 May 2018

Jordan sentences man to death over Daesh affiliation

Jordan sentences man to death over Daesh affiliation
  • The court sentenced five other men to 15 years’ hard labor and another to 10 years’ hard labor.
  • All were found guilty of “committing terrorist acts,” “manufacturing flammable and incendiary materials for illicit use.

AMMAN: A Jordanian military court on Monday sentenced a man to death and six others to lengthy prison sentences for belonging to Daesh, judicial sources said.
The man sentenced to death by hanging had been found guilty of “planning and executing terrorist acts in 2016 inside Jordanian territory targeting western shops,” the sources told AFP.
The court sentenced five other men to 15 years’ hard labor and another to 10 years’ hard labor.
All were found guilty of “committing terrorist acts,” “manufacturing flammable and incendiary materials for illicit use,” “promoting the ideas of a terrorist group,” and “attempting to join a terrorist group.”
The seven convicts, aged between 20 and 30, promoted the militant group on social media and often met at the home of the man sentenced to death, the indictment said.
“They agreed that their first terrorist attack would be on western stores in Amman,” it said.
The group torched a number of stores with Molotov cocktails before security agencies arrested six of them in February.
The military court hears terrorism-related cases on a weekly basis.
Most of the defendants are Daesh alleged supporters.
Early last year, Jordan strengthened punishments for militant sympathizers and promoters of extremist ideas on social media.
Since the outbreak of the war in neighboring Syria in 2011, Jordan has arrested dozens over attempts to cross the border and join in the fighting.