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Jordan al-Qaida prisoners protest sentences with hunger strike

[JURIST] A Jordan Public Security Department spokesman said Sunday that five suspected al-Qaida prisoners started a hunger strike on Tuesday to protest sentences handed down by Jordan's State Security Court [Jordan judicial branch backgrounder] in 2000. The prisoners are being held in Jordan's Qafqa Prison for their convictions for terrorist-related activities. Two of the prisoners have received death sentences and the group wrote a letter stating, "it has been six years since our arrest and until now there has been no final verdict." The men were referencing the fact that an appeals court overturned the verdicts against them on several occasions, most recently in April. UPI has more.

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