Jordan upholds sentence for al-Qaida mentor

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Posted: Jan 04, 2012 7:54 AM
Jordan upholds sentence for al-Qaida mentor

Jordan's state security court has upheld a five-year prison sentence for a militant known as the mentor of slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

The Palestinian-born Isam Mohammed Taher al-Barqawi, better known as Sheik Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, was sentenced last July for "plotting terrorism" and recruiting militants in Jordan to join the Afghan Taliban.

He was tried in a military court with three other Jordanian Palestinians. Al-Maqdisi's lawyers had appealed the sentence but their motion was rejected.

Al-Maqdisi has served several jail terms in Jordan. In the 1990s, he shared a jail cell with al-Zarqawi, who was killed by a U.S. airstrike in 2006 in Iraq. Al-Zarqawi had described him as a mentor.