Three defendants receive death sentence for 2018 terrorist operation

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AMMAN — The State Security Court on Wednesday handed death sentences to three defendants and prison terms of up to 20 years to eight others for their roles in a terrorist operation that took place in the northwestern city of Salt in 2018, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

On August 11, 2018, a commando force raided a building in Salt that was believed to be the hideout of a group linked to a terrorist attack against a police vehicle that had taken place the day before in the nearby town of Fuheis, killing one officer and injuring six others.

The raid on the terrorists' hideout in Salt left four officers dead and several others injured.

Fourteen defendants were tried in the case on serious terrorism-related charges including murder, making explosives for use in terrorist operations, funding terrorist organizations, endorsing terrorist ideologies, joining terrorist organizations, and selling and transporting weapons and ammunition, among others. Three of the defendants were cleared of all charges by the court.

According to the indictment, a copy of which was shared with Petra, the convicts had been disseminating information about the Daesh terrorist group and keeping up with the group's media releases. They had also been promoting Daesh’s ideas and principles among one another through videos they had obtained from the organization.

The convicts had all agreed on military transportation buses, security services and patrols, the Salt office of the intelligence department, and the governorate building as potential targets for terrorist operations. They had also agreed on the specifics of how those operations would be carried out, according to the indictment.

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