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.