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Jordan court acquits four charged with plotting attacks on Americans, Jews

[JURIST] Jordan's State Security Court on Monday acquitted four defendants charged with forming a "fighting cell" and planning attacks on Americans and Jews in Jordan. The acquittals were reportedly due to a lack of evidence. Each of the defendants were nonetheless sentenced to one year in prison for possessing illegal weapons; three of them were given credit for time served and were released following the verdicts. The fourth defendant, a former police officer, is at large and was tried in absentia. AFP has more. According to a Jordanian government website, the State Security Court is a military tribunal composed of both military and civilian judges, with jurisdiction over security-related matters. Its rulings are subject to review by the country's High Court.

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