Al Qaida suspects to be tried in Jordan (UPI-UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL) By Sana Abdallah AMMAN, Jordan 12/18/02 8:18 AM)
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AMMAN, Jordan, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Jordan said Wednesday the suspected
killers of a U.S. diplomat would be tried in the kingdom and that the
United States has not asked for their extradition.
Prime Minister Ali Abul Ragheb said Libyan Salem Saad Salem bin
Suwaid and Jordanian Yasser Fathi Ibrahim would "receive a fair trial
and punishment here in Jordan."
The government on Saturday announced the arrest of the two men in
connection with the Oct. 28 assassination of Laurence Foley of the US
Agency for International Development. Foley was shot outside his
residence in Amman.
The government also said the suspects were affiliated to Osama bin
Laden´s al Qaida organization, which allegedly gave them the orders
to kill Foley, 62, and to carry out more "terror attacks" against
foreigners and Jordanian officials.
Abul Ragheb told members of the foreign media at the prime ministry
that the authorities were not seeking other wanted suspects in the
case inside the country.
He added that two others linked to the case, alleged al Qaida members
Fadel Nazzal Khalaileh, better known as Abu Misaab Zarqawi; and his
aide, Moammar Ahmad Yousef, were outside Jordan.
Zarqawi, who was convicted in absentia three years ago by a Jordanian
court in another case, was believed to have given bin Suwaid and
Ibrahim the orders to kill Foley, the first Western diplomat killed
in the kingdom.
In what appeared to be an attempt to link Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein with al Qaida, President George W. Bush said that Zarqawi was
recently in Iraq. But Jordan´s Abul Ragheb on Wednesday cast doubt
that the Iraqi government had provided shelter to the suspect, saying
that Zarqawi was also wanted by Iraqi authorities.
He said the Jordanian authorities, whom he insisted "have a good
experience with al Qaida and its operations since the early 1990s,"
believed Zarqawi, a Jordanian, was hiding in "northern Iraq near the
Abul Ragheb said that security in Jordan has been significantly
increased because al Qaida cells "are scattered everywhere. They are
like time bombs that can switch on whenever they get orders and
money." (Copyright © 2002 United Press International 12/18/02)
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