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Jordan sentences absent Zarqawi to 15 years for embassy bombing plot

[JURIST] Jordan's state security court has sentenced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [BBC profile] to 15 years in prison [Reuters report] in absentia for a plot to attack the country's embassy in Iraq. Zarqawi, designated the most-wanted man in Iraq {AP report] by US authorities, was convicted along with Miqdad al-Dabbas of "conspiring to carry out terrorist acts". Dabbas was detained before any attacks could take place. Zarqawi was previously sentenced to death in absentia in connection with the murder of a US diplomat [Islamonline.net report] in 2002, and also for plotting to blow up tourist hotels [CNN report] in Amman on New Year's Eve 2000.

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